He invited fans to join him on “one of the greatest fantasy adventures ever written” in an undertaking that should last about 12 hours.
Serkis becomes the latest celebrity to read to fans while millions remain at home during the coronavirus pandemic.
The actor asks fans to donate to the “Hobbitathon” appeal on his GoFundMe page, which is raising money for Best Beginnings, a charity that supports families with young children and NHS Charities Together, which raises money for hospitals in the UK.
Serkis says charities “are doing overtime at this time to help those in need” on his page and set a target of £ 100,000 ($ 123,000).
“From an unexpected party to the last stop, join me and Bilbo in this story of great adventures,” he wrote.
“Together we will face the power of the trolls, travel to the magical Great Ravine, meet the giant spiders in the mazes of Mirkwood and the evil goblins who live among the roots of the Misty Mountains, until we meet the Smaug dragon and see the battle of the five armies” , continued the post on his fundraising page.
The actor also starred in franchise films “Planet of the Apes” and “Star Wars”.
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