James Earl Jones Reportedly “Moved Down” as the Voice of Darth Vader, But His Replacement Will Sound Familiar

(NEXSTAR) – James Earl Jones would be looking for something akin to an honorable discharge from the endless “Star Wars.”

The 91-year-old actor, who has voiced Darth Vader in several entries in the sci-fi franchise since 1977, reportedly ‘approved’ of plans to replace Vader’s upcoming dialogue with a mix of archival recordings and of artificial intelligence technology after hearing how well, new technology could mimic its trademark voice, according to Vanity Fair.

Vanity Fair briefly touched on Jones’ decision in an article on Friday, which focused on the Ukrainian startup that Lucasfilm was commissioned to do as the veteran actor’s voice for the Disney+ series “Obi-Wan Kenobi.”

The article specifically noted that the Ukrainian company, called Respeecher, had been hired to help with the new dialogue “now that Jones’ voice has changed with age and he has retired from his role”.

Matthew Wood, sound editor at Lucasfilm’s Skywalker Sound Studios, further told the outlet that Jones “has mentioned that he’s considering cutting that particular character.” Not particularly surprising, considering he last voiced Vader in 2019’s “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”

Wood indicated, however, that Jones is still somewhat involved in the franchise and gives advice to editors on the character’s future appearances. He also described Jones as a “caring grandfather” when Vanity Fair asked him to describe the actor’s contribution to Vader’s final turns in “Obi-Wan Kenobi.”

It’s unclear what plans Disney and Lucasfilm have for Darth Vader in upcoming projects, but if history is any indication, he’s not going anywhere anytime soon. More than 45 years after his debut, the character has continued to appear in films, television series, animated programs and video games, all mediums which, it seems, will soon have to rely on. on synthesized speech.


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