James Earl Jones Retires as Darth Vader, Signs Off Rights to Use His Voice for AI Recreation

James Earl Jones Retires as Darth Vader, Signs Off Rights to Use His Voice for AI Recreation
More than four decades after he first voiced arguably cinema’s most famous villain, James Earl Jones has ended his career as Darth Vader, with Vanity Fair reporting that the 91-year-old actor has agreed to allow a Ukrainian AI company to replicate his voice for future “Star Wars” titles.

In Vanity Fair’s new report published on Friday, sound artists at Lucasfilm and the Ukrainian AI speech company Respeecher discussed how Jones’ voice was recreated digitally for the recently released Disney+ series “Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi,” which saw prequel trilogy stars Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen return as Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker. Though Christensen wore Vader’s infamous suit in the series, it was Respeecher that provided his voice during his duels with his former master and the Sith Inquisitor Reva Sevander.

“He had mentioned he was looking into winding down this particular character,” Lucasfilm Supervising Sound Editor Matthew Wood said.
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