James Earl Jones has one of the most distinctive voices in film history.

After over 40 years as Darth Vader's voice actor, James Earl appears to be stepping down.

According to Vanity Fair, the 91-year-old actor has given over the rights to his voice to filmmakers employing emerging AI technology.

Lucasfilm's Matthew Wood stated that the actor "wished to keep Vader alive."

Earl Jones made his film début in 1977 as the renowned Star Wars villain Darth Vader.

Earl Jones then went on to voice the same character on both the big and small screens throughout the franchise up to this moment.

Earl Jones most recently portrayed Obi-Wan Kenobi in Disney+'s new Obi-Wan Kenobi series.

For the original movie, actor David Prowse wore the unique black outfit of the Sith Lord.

Earl Jones produced the intricate Vader's distinctive deep tones.

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