AI is taking over the iconic voice of Darth Vader, with the blessing of James Earl Jones
From the cringe-inducing Jar-Jar Binks to unconvincing virtual Leia and Luke, Disney’s history with CG characters is, shall we say, mixed.
But if Disney continues to have its way (and there is no force in the world that can stop it), Vader is far from done.
Sure, an actor may license their voice work for a character, but what about when that character ages?
It’s an interesting new field to work in, but it’s hardly without pitfalls and ethical conundra.
Disney has already broken the seal on many transformative technologies in filmmaking and television, and borne the deserved criticism when what it put out did not meet audiences’ expectations.
But they can take the hits and roll with them — maybe even take a page from George Lucas’s book and try to rewrite history, improving the rendering of Grand Moff Tarkin in a bid to make us forget how waxy he looked originally.