James Earl Jones has officially announced his retirement from voicing the Star Wars character Darth Vader, a role he has played for 40 years. He signed over rights to use his voice.
James Earl Jones with his honoroary Oscar at the 84th Annual Academy Awards show at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles, CA on February 26, 2012. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) A Darth Vader helmet and mask from the film "The Empire Strikes Back" on August 28, 2019 in Calabasas, California on September 25 and 26. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images) James Earl Jones at GQ Man of the Year awards, New York, October 21, 1998. (Steve Eichner/Getty Images) Close-up of American actor James Earl Jones, headphones on his head, as he speaks in a microphone in a recording studio, Hollywood, California, July 10, 1991. (Edmund Eckstein/Getty Images) In this June 12, 2016 file photo, James Earl Jones arrives at the Tony Awards in New York. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
"He had mentioned he was looking into winding down this particular character," Matthew Wood of Lucasfilm told the magazine. "So how do we move forward?"