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Britney Spears recruits this ‘Brokeback Mountain’ actor to narrate her memoir’s audiobook

Fans of Britney Spears are counting down the days until the release of her memoir, The Woman In Me (out October 24th). We now know the narrator of the audio version of the book. It’s five-times-Oscar-nominee, Michelle Williams.

People broke the news, saying Spears, 41, will read the introduction, but Williams will read the rest.

In a statement, Spears said, “This book has been a labor of love and all the emotions that come with it. Reliving everything has been exciting, heart-wrenching, and emotional, to say the least. For those reasons, I will only be reading a small part of my audiobook. I am so grateful to the amazing Michelle Williams for reading the rest of it.”

In a brief statement of support, Williams said simply, “I stand with Britney.”

Emancipation

Other than being one of her generation’s most acclaimed actors, and therefore a perfect narrator for Britney’s story, Williams may emphasize with some of the challenges Spears has faced.

According to Page Six, an insider in the Spears camp said, “There was a mutual attraction from all sides based on Britney’s powerful narrative and what Britney went through and Michelle’s own integrity and history with her own emancipation issues.”

Williams was emancipated from her own parents, with their permission, at age 15. This was to allow her to work adult hours in Los Angeles to further her acting career.

Williams has achieved stellar success on screen. She’s been nominated for acting awards at the Oscars five times. These were for her performances in Brokeback Mountain; Blue Valentine; My Week With Marilyn; Manchester By The Sea; and The Fablemans. She has also won Emmy and Golden Globe awards.

The audio version of The Woman In Me will be out the same day as the book (October 24th).

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