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James Earl Jones Might Be Hanging His Darth Vader Helmet

James Earl Jones is taking a step back from his legendary role as Darth Vader, according to a new report of vanity fair. The 91-year-old actor who has voiced him as Darth Vader since the 1977 original. star Wars, licensed the rights to his archival voice recordings to filmmakers using new AI technology. Lucasfilm, in partnership with Ukrainian startup Respeecher, plans to use the recordings to recreate Jones’ iconic voice in future Lucasfilm projects. Respeecher first worked with Lucasfilm on the voice of young Luke Skywalker for boba fett book. They also recreated Jones’s voice for Obi Wan Kenobiwhich aired on Disney+ last summer. Although Jones did not voice Vader in KenobiLucasfilm veteran Matthew Wood credits Jones with “guiding the performance” and acting as a “benevolent godfather”. Jones reportedly signed on to the plan after hearing Respeecher’s work on Obi Wan Kenobi. The actor, according to Wood, “wished to keep Vader alive.”

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