Lucasfilm and Del Rey understand that sometimes you want to have the sultry voices of top Hollywood talent in your ear reading you an audiobook instead of flipping through the pages yourself.
For From a Certain Point of View — Del Rey’s upcoming collection of Star Wars stories about Star Wars: Episode IV — the publisher has enlisted the talents of Mad Men’s Jon Hamm, Star Wars Battlefront 2’s Janina Gavankar and American treasure Neil Patrick Harris to help. From a Certain Point of View collects 40 stories in total, each written by a different author about a character from the movie. (Disclaimer: Polygon’s Griffin McElroy contributed a story to the collection, for which he was not paid.)
While not all the characters are known at this point, or which actor will voice each character, Hamm is confirmed to voice Boba Fett. Harris will tell the story of an Imperial officer aboard the Death Star, according to producer Aaron Blank. Gavankar, who will voice Imperial solider Iden Versio in Battlefront 2, will voice a different Imperial soldier for Adam Christopher’s story, Blank also confirmed.
Jonathan Davis, Ashley Eckstein, January LaVoy, Saskia Maarleveld, Carol Monda, Daniel José Older and Marc Thompson will help Hamm, Harris and Gavankar round out the cast of voice actors. Authors contributing to the book include Gary Whitta (Star Wars: Rebels), Lucasfilm Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo, Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel), Matt Fraction (Iron Man, Hawkeye), Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine) and Ian Doescher (William Shakespeare’s Star Wars trilogy).
All authors involved in the project have forgone payment for their contributions. Their proceeds will “be donated to First Book — a leading nonprofit that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to educators and organizations serving children in need,” according to Penguin Random House. The publisher has also donated $100,000 to First Book, while Lucasfilm has donated 100,000 books to the charity, with an estimated worth of $1 million.
From a Certain Point of View will be available to purchase on Oct. 3.