James Earl Jones Didn’t Return To Voice Darth Vader In ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’

The 91-year-old actor's last work as Darth Vader was on The Rise of Skywalker.

Hayden Christensen Darth Vader Obi-Wan Kenobi

Legendary Star Wars actor James Earl Jones didn’t voice Darth Vader in Obi-Wan Kenobi despite being listed in the credits.

Obi-Wan Kenobi has come and gone, with the focus now on Andor for Star Wars fans. Leading up to Kenobi, many eagerly anticipated the rematch between the Jedi Master and Darth Vader. While Lucasfilm confirmed Hayden Christensen was back, the studio reminded mum on James Earl Jones’ involvement.

James Earl Jones was ultimately credited as the voice of Darth Vader in Obi-Wan Kenobi, but he never worked on the series. Vanity Fair has revealed that Jones signed off on archival Darth Vader recordings with artificial dialogue from the Ukraine-based Respeecher, who also worked on the A.I. dialogue for Luke Skywalker in The Book of Boba Fett.

Working During a Real War

Synthetic-speech artist Bogdan Belyaev was notably working on the Obi-Wan Kenobi series amid the Ukraine-Russia war and explained why he continued to work on the project:

“Why did I do it? It’s a big honor to work with Lucasfilm, and I’ve been a fan of Star Wars since I was a kid. Even if it’s war, there’s no excuse for you to be the troublemaker of what you loved from childhood.”

Here is the synopsis for Obi-Wan Kenobi:

During the reign of the Galactic Empire, former Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi embarks on a crucial mission. Kenobi must confront allies turned enemies and face the wrath of the Empire.

Directed by Deborah Chow from Joby Harold’s scripts, the series stars Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie.

Obi-Wan Kenobi is now streaming on Disney Plus. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the future of Star Wars, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Source: Vanity Fair

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.