Lena Headey is already starring in the movie version of Low Down, and now she’s taking a lead role in the book as well.
The actress narrated the audio book version of A.J. Albany’s memoir, which was released Tuesday by Simon & Schuster.
The book tells the story of jazz pianist Joe Albany through the eyes of his daughter. The movie version of the book is scheduled for a 2014 release, starring Elle Fanning as Amy “A.J.” Albany and Lena Headey as her mother, Sheila. John Hawkes has signed on to play Joe Albany.
The work may be important for Lena Headey, who through a court battle with her husband revealed that she is almost flat broke. Headey and husband Peter Loughran split up last year, but are still in a court battle over a $46,000 tax refund from 2011.
While the court case played out, Lena Headey asked the court for a $6,000 advance so she could take care of her 2-year-old son. US Magazine reported that the actress asked for the remaining $34,000 to stay in a blocked account until the couple reached a settlement.
Through the court battle, Headey revealed that she had been living off credit cards and had less than $5 in her bank account. When Headey and Loughran were married they shared a $1.8 million home in Hollywood, but sold it for a $500,000 loss when they divorced.
Lena Headey is best known for her appearance in HBO’s Game of Thrones. Her character was able to survive last season’s “Red Wedding” episode that saw the deaths of Robb Stark (played by Richard Madden), Catelyn Stark (played by Michelle Fairley), Robb’s pregnant wife (Oona Chaplin), his direwolf and almost all of his bannermen.
Headey said she tried to send condolences to Madden and Fairley after the episode aired.
“I rang Richard, who plays Robb, straight after and he said he hasn’t watched it, because he’s so upset to be leaving,” Headey said. “And then I spoke to Michelle Fairley, who said weirdly she was in the doctor’s with a throat infection.”
Lena Headey will be back in Game of Thrones when it returns in the spring.