James Earl Jones, 91, Is Back As Voice Of Darth Vader In Disney+ Series 'Obi-Wan Kenobi'

James Earl Jones, 91, Is Back As Voice Of Darth Vader In Disney+ Series 'Obi-Wan Kenobi'

Jones originated the iconic voice in the original trilogy beginning with 'Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.'

Legendary voice actor James Earl Jones is back as Darth Vader in Disney+’s limited series Obi-Wan Kenobi. The 91-year-old who also voiced Mufasa in The Lion King can be heard in the third episode of the show. Jones famously voiced the older Vader in the first three Star Wars films. He lent his voice to the iconic character in the original trilogy starting with Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. He then continued to play the role in The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and follow-up Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. He also can be heard as Darth Vader in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and in the animated series Rebels, per Deadline



The latest Obi-Wan Kenobi series is directed by Deborah Chow, who directed two episodes of The Mandalorian, Season 1. The story begins 10 years after the dramatic events of the 2005 film Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith where Kenobi, played by Ewan McGregor, faced his greatest defeat when his Jedi apprentice Anakin Skywalker turned evil Sith Lord Darth Vader. Obi-Wan Kenobi sees the return of Ewan McGregor as the younger Obi-Wan and Hayden Christensen returns to the Sith Lord's legendary black garb in the series. The latest episode was the first time audiences were reintroduced to Darth Vader when he faces the titular Jedi Master (McGregor). Also starring in the limited series are Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell and Benny Safdie.  Zach Braff could be heard in the latest episode as the voice for Freck, an Empire devotee and transport driver.



McGregor and Christensen recently told PEOPLE they were looking forward to seeing how fans would react to the series. "I'm looking forward to the fans getting to see it," shared Christensen, 41. "We worked on it for a while now and had to stay quiet about all the plot details, and I'm just excited for people to get to see it." "Yeah, it's years in the making," added McGregor, 51. "In terms of when we first started thinking about it, and now we get to give it to the fans and it's theirs. That's a big moment. It's very difficult to talk about without talking about [spoilers], but it was surprising to me. There was an emotional depth to some of the scenes that took me by surprise, as we were making them. I think that's a nice mark of something special."


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