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James Earl Jones will no longer voice Darth Vader –

James Earl Jones, the iconic voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars, has licensed the rights to his voice archives so that artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to recreate the immortalizer. According to Vanity Fair, which reports this information, the 91-year-old actor has been working with Lucasfilm and Ukrainian company Respeecher to use AI to be able to continue using his voice thanks to machine learning.

We learn that Respeecher technology has already been used in the Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi to recreate the voice of Darth Vader with James Earl Jones, and in The Book of Boba Fett to recreate the voice of a young Luke Skywalker. According to Matthew Wood, Sound Editing Supervisor at Skywalker Sound, James Earl Jones also gave Obi-Wan Kenobi important advice.

AI to prevent the onslaught of time

Disney acquired Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion in 2012. Since then, Disney has released three Star Wars films and two spin-offs. Each of these projects, with the exception of Solo: A Star Wars Story, has grossed over $1 billion. The first film in the Skywalker trilogy, The Force Awakens, grossed over $2 billion at the box office.

Disney has also created several animated series and movies, including Andor, which is coming to Disney+, as well as rides at its theme parks. Faced with the disappearance and aging of iconic characters from the Star Wars universe, Disney is investing in cutting-edge technology to make them relevant to a new generation of viewers.

CNET.com article adapted by CNETFrance

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