James Earl Jones steps back from Darth Vader in ‘Star Wars’

James Earl Jones, the original voice of Darth Vader who provided some of the most iconic lines in film history, has officially stepped down from the villain role.

According to a report by Vanity Fair on Friday, the 91-year-old screen legend has allowed Disney and Lucasfilm to use artificial intelligence and archival footage to recreate his menacing tone in future Star Wars projects. Jones was last billed as Darth Vader in the Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi, which premiered earlier this year.

While working on Obi-Wan Kenobi, Skywalker Sound Editor Matthew Wood and Ukrainian company Respeecher consulted with Jones to create a sound for Vader that captured his chilling vocal performance from the flagship Star Wars trilogy.

“[Jones] mentioned he wanted to wind down this particular character,” Wood — who has worked with Jones at least a dozen times on various Star Wars projects — told Vanity Fair. “So how are we getting on?”

In the early “Star Wars” films, Jones left behind with seminal sound bits like “No. I I am your father.” He is also credited as Vader in later Star Wars films, including 2016’s Rogue One and 2019’s The Rise of Skywalker.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-09-25/james-earl-jones-darth-vader-star-wars-obi-wan-kenobi James Earl Jones steps back from Darth Vader in ‘Star Wars’

Sarah Ridley

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