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“The end of an era”: James Earl Jones Announces Retirement From His Iconic Darth Vader Role, Gives Consent to Lucasfilm to Use His Voice in Later Projects

James Earl Jones Announces Retirement From His Iconic Darth Vader Role, Gives Consent to LucasFilms to Use His Voice in Later Projects

James Earl Jones, known widely for his tremendous role as the voice of none other than Darth Vader himself, has finally retired from the role, giving the rights of Darth Vader’s voice to LucasFilm for future Star Wars projects.

James Earl Jones stars in COMING 2 AMERICA
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James Earl Jones has been voicing the character for over forty five years, bringing into life the character who has been one of the most famous faces of the franchise. LucasFilm now holds the rights of the character’s voice which may be used in any further appearances Vader is to make.

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Darth Vader’s Journey Throughout Star Wars

James Earl Jones has been famous for voicing not one, but two iconic fathers; Anakin Skywalker, also known as Darth Vader, and Mufasa, from The Lion King. Making his first appearance in Star Wars: A New Hope, James Earl Jones brought life to one of the most dense characters to exist. Although behind the mask stood a mislead Anakin Skywalker, the voice that scared many was that of Jones himself.

David Prowse as Darth Vader in Star Wars: A New Hope
David Prowse as Darth Vader, voiced by James Earl Jones in Star Wars: A New Hope

Since 1977 James Earl Jones has voiced Darth Vader with the David Prowse playing the character on screen. The A.I. technology of Respeech allows his voice to continue on and as the 91 year old actor retires from the role, the advanced algorithms can keep us from being deprived from his legendary voice acting.

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The Fans Share Their Love For Darth Vader

Fans all over Twitter, Instagram and other platforms have come forward to express their love for the voice actor as he says his goodbyes to the much loved character. They also state that whomsoever is set to fill in his shoes has a job of much respect and honor as James Earl Jones truly created a legacy for himself and the character itself.

Darth Vader was later added to the script of Obi-Wan Kenobi
Darth Vader voiced by James Earl Jones

Fans are set to hear his voice once again with his rumored appearance in Ahsoka series and have already witnessed the same in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series as well. The role of the actor was added to the show later on.

Whether or not the voice actor should be replaced or his voice should live on is still a mystery even after LucasFilm and Respeech holding the rights of the same. Fans too stand with this dilemma of wanting someone new or wishing to hear James Earl Jones’ voice continue to represent Darth Vader.

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Source: Twitter

Written by Adya Godboley

An avid writer fluent in everything Marvel, Adya Godboley is a content writer for Fandomwire. She is currently doing her Bachelor's of Arts in English Honours. Adya likes to read a lot and it would not be a surprise to see her spend her entire day playing Genshin Impact. Her articles range from Marvel, DC and movies to Mental Health Awareness.