Darth Vader’s voice immortal

Bookmarked An AI program voiced Darth Vader in ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ so James Earl Jones could finally retire by Igor Bonifacic (

After 45 years of voicing one of the most iconic characters in cinema history, James Earl Jones has said goodbye to Darth Vader…That forced the company to ask itself how do you even replace Jones? The answer Disney eventually settled on, with the actor’s consent, involved an AI program.

Tally another one for “makes sense in this instance but ohhhhh the repercussions of this technology in unfettered capitalism” — ripe for exploitation of voice actors.

(Story idea: Little Mermaid cyberpunk retelling where she sells the license to her voice 🫠)

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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