James Earl Jones sells the voice rights of Darth Vader to a Ukrainian artificial intelligence company


He was her father, but the voice of the dark side now belongs to other forces.

James Earl Jones has given up voicing ‘Star Wars’ villain Darth Vader after 45 years.

The 91-year-old actor, who has voiced Vader since the franchise’s first film, ‘Star Wars: A New Hope,’ in 1977, licensed the rights to his vocal chops earlier this year, now allowing Vader’s lines to be generated using artificial intelligence, according to Vanity Fair.

Ukrainian startup Respeecher, which specializes in voice cloning for content creators, used archival recordings and an AI algorithm to generate Jones’ voice for Disney+’s “Obi-Wan Kenobi” series, released in May.

This was done in conjunction with Disney-owned ‘Star Wars’ production company Lucasfilm, which explained that Jones “guided” the character’s lines in the series, but his actual voice was generated by Respeecher, according to AV Club. .

Darth Vader’s voice rights have been sold to Ukrainian start-up Respeecher, which specializes in voice cloning for content creators.
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Although the project coincided with the early days of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Respeecher employees saw it through.

Skywalker Sound’s supervising sound editor Matthew Wood, who worked on the assignment with them, said their attitude was, “Let’s work, work through this adversity, persevere,” Vanity Fair reported.

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