Star Wars: Darth Vader’s James Earl Jones Signed Off On AI Technology to Recreate His Voice
Obi-Wan Kenobi uncovered a new chapter in Star Wars legend to fans from one side of the planet to the other, and they did a pretty decent work of showing where the titular was in between the prequel and original trilogy. Ewan McGregor reprised his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Hayden Christensen returned as Darth Vader. Most fans know the actor as the face under the mask of one of the greatest villains ever, but his voice was always more important. James Earl Jones has credited his voice to the character since the first time Darth Vader showed up on screen, and he technically voiced him in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Previously, there were reports that Lucasfilm was using a voice A.I. to supplant Jones and use his voice for the future, and it seems that the actor endorsed the move. During a new interview with Vanity Fair, individuals behind the A.I. uncovered that Jones has signed off on the technology and even advises them on it.
Apparently, the 91 year old actor was prepared to retire from voicing the character and concurred for the organization to use his voice. “He had mentioned he was looking into winding down this particular character,” Matthew Wood told the magazine. “So how would we push ahead?” Jones is also credited for guiding the Vader’s voice execution on the series and Wood even referred to him as “a benevolent godfather.”
The most recent Star Wars series to hit Disney+ is Andor. Luna returns as one of the most interesting characters in the Star Wars universe, Cassian Andor. Back in May, ComicBook.com’s Brandon Davis got the opportunity to speak with Andor’s leading man during Star Wars Celebration, and he reveals that after watching Andor you won’t trust that Rouge One: A Star Wars Story was possible.
“The only thing I can say is you’re going to see where he was five years before Maverick One, and you’re not going to accept Rebel One was possible,” Luna told us. “That’s the real trick, to see a transformation and an awakening. I can’t tell you how that will be represented, you’ll need to wait until the 31st of August. But it is about that, and it’s about the amount all of us are equipped for changing and transforming, and that’s the beauty of storytelling. Not commonly you start knowing the end, here you realize what happens. It’s not about, similar to, ‘Goodness this occurred!’ No, no, it’s the manner by which it happened that matters. It’s about the little details and what’s in between lines and each layer of the character. Despite the fact that we are on an exceptionally incredible kind of show and a gigantic spy adventure show, we’re going to possess energy for intimacy. You’re going to dive deep into the character and individuals around him. It’s going to be interesting, I think, and it’s going to be dim and fun and different from what you see out there now.”
Andor is streaming exclusively on Disney+ now!