‘James Earl Jones’ to retire from voicing Darth Vader

Vanity Fair reports that the ‘Darth Vader’ voice actor James Earl Jones has retired from voicing the iconic Star Wars charecter and has signed over the rights to his voice for film-makers to use new AI, technology for future films and shows.

Matthew Wood of Lucasfilm told the magazine that the actor

“wished to keep Vader alive”


“He had mentioned he was looking into winding down this particular character,”

Wood told Vanity Fair.

“So how do we move forward?”

James Earl Jones made his debut as the legendary Star Wars villain in the 1977 film, and followed this up with voicing the same character throughout the franchise up to this point on both the big and small screen. He most recently starred as the character for the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+.

While actor David Prowse dressed in the distinctive black uniform of the Sith Lord for the original films, it was Earl Jones who provided the unique deep tones of the complex Vader.

Besides his work on the sci-fi epic, Earl Jones is a celebrated EGOT. He received an honorary Academy Award in 2011, having been nominated for Best Actor in the 1970 The Great White Hope.


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