James Earl Jones set to retire, signs right to use voice over from ‘Star Wars’
Darth Vader’s voice actor, James Earl Jones, may be retiring from Star Wars.
This comes after nearly four decades of portraying Darth Vader in the iconic film.
The 91-year-old actor recently signed over the rights to his voice to filmmakers who plan to recreate Jones’ voice in upcoming Star Wars films using a combination of archival recordings and A.I. technology, according to Vanity Fair.
This was confirmed by Lucasfilm’s Matthew Wood, who told Vanity Fair that Jones wanted to keep Darth Vader alive, adding that Jones is looking to leave the iconic role.
“He had mentioned he was looking into winding down this particular character. So how do we move forward?”, he revealed.
Respeecher, a Ukrainian startup, plans to create a new dialogue with the voices of long-dead performers by using archival recordings and a proprietary AI algorithm.
Lucasfilm also plans to inform the actor about their plans for Darth Vader and to solicit his suggestions on how to stay on track.