Hollywood icons are revived as AI narrators in this audiobook app

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The Reader app is currently only available for iOS

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ElevenLabs, an artificial intelligence voice cloning startup, has secured the rights to use the voices of legendary Hollywood actors in its recently launched Reader app.

The app now features the voices of Burt Reynolds, James Dean, Judy Garland and Sir Laurence Olivier.

These rights were acquired through exclusive agreements with the estates of these deceased stars.

The Reader app is currently only available for iOS and allows users to listen to texts read aloud by AI voices of the iconic characters.

Exclusive features and reactions to the Reader app

The Reader app, free for users, offers narration for articles, PDFs and newsletters.

The voices of deceased Hollywood actors are available exclusively in the Reader app and not on ElevenLabs' larger Voice Library platform.

Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland's daughter and representative of her estate, was enthusiastic about this project.

“It’s exciting to see our mother’s voice available to the countless millions of people who love her,” Minnelli said.

A controversial but exciting undertaking

AI technology has been used before to revive actors in media, such as in films such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story And Ghostbusters: Life After Deathand television series such as The Mandalorian And The Book of Boba Fett.

Despite past controversies such as fake phone calls from President Biden, Dustin Blank, head of partnerships at ElevenLabs, assured that the legacy of these actors would be respected.

“Adding her to our growing list of storytellers represents a huge step forward in our mission,” Blank said.

Industry support for ElevenLabs’ approach

Tina Xavie, chief marketing officer of CMG Worldwide, a company that manages the estates of Hollywood stars, expressed her support for ElevenLabs' approach.

She highlighted the new opportunities ElevenLabs offers its customers and expressed her anticipation for future collaborations.

“We are excited about the new opportunities they offer our customers and look forward to more,” said Xavie.