James Earl Jones, the voice behind Darth Vader, signed off on allowing Disney to replicate his voice as Darth Vader on future Star Wars projects using an AI voice-modeling tool called Respeecher as reported by Vanity Fair. This happened during the creation of Obi Wan Kenobi TV series.
The renowned Star Wars villain has been voiced by Jones, 91, for 45 years, beginning with 1977’s Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope and ending with a single line of dialogue in 2019’s The Rise of Skywalker. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Matthew Wood, a supervisory sound editor at Lucasfilm, stated, “He had mentioned he was looking into winding down this particular character.”
Lucasfilm has opted to go with an AI company from Ukraine called Respeecher. The tool was first used in the Mandalorian to clone Mark Hamill’s voice, the franchise is now looking into using this tool for Vader’s voice in upcoming projects.
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