Jesse Eisenberg is quickly becoming one of the biggest names in Hollywood, and The Social Network star is about to conquer new acting territory: audiobook narration.
Eisenberg, who previously lent his voice to the computer-animated film Rio, will narrate Colin Fischer, a young adult novel by screenwriters Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz, Mediabistro's GalleyCat blog reported. Miller and Stentz's screenwriting credits include X-Men: First Class and Thor. Colin Fischer will be published by Penguin Group's Razorbill imprint and is scheduled for release on Nov. 8.
Eisenberg joins a long list of actors who have narrated audiobooks. We're not sure exactly how much he'll get paid for his voice, but regular voiceover actors can get $300 to $1,500 for a job, according to a Yahoo! report, although a different account from Publishing Central lists higher fees that can range from $4,000 to $6,000. We can only presume the going rate for A-list actors is higher than this.
But even if audiobook voiceover isn't a big payday, it doesn't mean celebrities won't or can't do a decent job. Think of actors such as Morgan Freeman, who narrated the documentary March of the Penguins. He could probably read the nutrition facts on a can of soup and make it sound like Shakespeare.
Here are actors who have narrated audiobooks. Would you want to listen to these voices over and over (and over) again?