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James Earl Jones steps down as the voice of Darth Vader.

October 2nd, 2022 by Marc Comments

It will be a [sad] day, long remembered…

James Earl Jones has officially retired as the voice of Darth Vader, a role he has played with relish since 1977 and one which has earned him an uncountable number of fans across the decades and the world.

Jones’ unmistakable voice was last heard in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series earlier this year when Vader went up against Ewan McGregor’s Kenobi and it seems that, fittingly, this will be where he stands down, signing over the voice of the Sith Lord and any future usage to Lucasfilm and Ukrainian A.I. audio company Respeecher who aimed with Vader’s voice in Kenobi and has worked on other Star Wars shows too.

Word is that, while Jones won’t be voicing him anymore, he will be asked for his advice on future appearances of Vader to “heed his advice on how to stay on the right course”.

It breaks my heart that my idols are standing down one by one, don’t get me wrong, I love that their legacy is not only enduring but living on, but I’m sad that it won’t be these guys behind the curtain any longer. Getting old sucks.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….