James Earl Jones has retired from voicing Darth Vader

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The legendary actor James Earl Jones has stepped back from voice duties on Star Wars, but his dulcet tones will live on via technology.

After voicing iconic villain Darth Vader in the Star Wars franchise for over forty years, 91 year old James Earl Jones is stepping away from the role.

According to Vanity Fair, Jones signed his voice rights over to Lucasfilm and Ukrainian A.I. audio company Respeecher, who previously worked on The Book Of Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Despite this, Jones will still be involved, with both studios promising to discuss future Vader plans with Jones and “heed his advice on how to stay on the right course.”

Jones was last credited as Vader in the Disney+ Obi Wan Kenobi series, however it is unclear how much, if any, original material Jones recorded for the show, or if it was spliced together using existing audio.

Obi Wan Kenobi, as well as the entire Star Wars franchise, is streaming now on Disney+. You probably knew that, though.

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