James Earl Jones, the original voice of Darth Vader who delivered some of the most iconic lines in movie history, has officially stepped down from the villainous role.

According to a report released Friday by vanity lounge, the 91-year-old screen legend has allowed Disney and Lucasfilm to use artificial intelligence and archival footage to recreate his menacing tone in future “Star Wars” projects. Jones was recently cast as Darth Vader in the Disney+ series “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” which premiered earlier this year.

While working on “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” Skywalker Sound editor Matthew Wood and Ukrainian company Respeecher consulted with Jones to create a sound for Vader that captured his chilling vocal performance from the seminal “Star Wars” trilogy.

“[Jones] had mentioned that he was looking to eliminate that particular character,” Wood — who has worked with Jones at least a dozen times on various “Star Wars” projects — told Vanity Fair. “So how can we move forward? »

In the early “Star Wars” films, Jones left an indelible mark on the sci-fi franchise and cinema as a whole with seminal soundbites such as “No. I am your father. He’s also credited as Vader in later “Star Wars” movies, including 2016’s “Rogue One” and 2019’s “The Rise of Skywalker.”