It’s been 45 years since James Earl Jones lent his iconic voice to one of the most iconic film characters of all time, Darth Vader. It’s with great sadness that we announce the actor is done voicing the character for good.
In an article posted to Vanity Fair earlier today about the process in which Darth Vader’s voice was constructed for Obi-Wan Kenobi against the backdrop of a war-torn Ukraine, it was revealed that James Earl Jones has officially stepped back from the role. This comes after years of fan speculation about his involvement with the Star Wars franchise.
The actor’s decision comes as a result of his voice naturally changing due to old age.
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In the same article, it was revealed that the rights to the voice now rest with Lucasfilm and a Ukrainian artificial intelligence audio company named Respeecher.
Despite his retirement from the role, there is no indicationt hat the actor has retired from acting altogether.
It’s also worth noting that the actor will serve as a consultant whenever Lucasfilm plans to reintroduce the character in the future. Lucasfilm and Respeecher will “heed his advice on how to stay on the right course. They likened his new role to that of “a benevolent godfather.”
SOURCE: Vanity Fair
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