The most recognisable villain from Star Wars no longer has James Earl Jones' voice, according to reports.

The 91-year-old actor has granted Lucasfilm and Disney, its parent company, permission to utilise his voice in virtual recreations of the villain.

In order to recreate the iconic voice Jones used 45 years ago, it was revealed that the Ukrainian start-up Respeecher has been collaborating with Lucasfilm for years.

Age has changed the actor's voice, and he has largely retreated from the role of Darth Vader.

Since the first movie, Jones has provided the voice of the fearsome Darth Vader.

He has delivered memorable phrases but has never donned the costume, helmet, or cape.

The A.I. and historical recordings used by Respeecher allow it to generate fresh discourse utilising the voices of prior actors.

Jones has "dozens" of recordings, according to Matthew Wood of Skywalker Sound, who spoke to Vanity Fair.