Who Is Voicing Darth Vader in Obi-Wan Kenobi? Hayden Christensen or James Earl Jones?

Who Is Voicing Darth Vader in Obi-Wan Kenobi? Hayden Christensen or James Earl Jones?

Obi-Wan Kenobi is slowly becoming a vital addition to the lore of George Lucas’ Star Wars franchise. Now, while most of the story simply fills in the holes between Episodes III and IV, the story has also introduced us to some new characters and new concepts. Now, with the appearance of a fully-suited-up Darth Vader in Episode III of the miniseries, and with the knowledge of the fact that Hayden Christensen is behind the mask, people also wondered as to who voiced Darth Vader. In this article, we are going to tell you who did it.

The legendary James Earl Jones returned to voice Darth Vader in the Obi-Wan Kenobi miniseries, as was finally confirmed in Episode III of the show. The trademark voice of the franchise’s best-known villain returned once again, alongside Hayden Christensen, who was the actor behind the suit of Darth Vader, but did not provide voice work for the character.

The rest of this article is going to focus on the legendary James Earl Jones and his role in Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re going to find out all the details about his role and his career, as well, since he is a truly important person within the Star Wars lore. Be careful, though, as we are going to reveal a lot of spoilers in the upcoming paragraphs.

Who is voicing Darth Vader in Obi-Wan Kenobi?

You’ve probably heard a long time ago that Hayden Christensen, the actor who portrayed Anakin Skywalker in Episodes II and III of the movie series, would be returning to play Darth Vader in the Obi-Wan Kenobi miniseries. And while this return was absolutely amazing news, we still had some questions about the role. Namely, you all know how the voice of Darth Vader is almost as equally relevant as the persona itself. Knowing that Christensen would be coming back, did that mean that he would also be providing the voice work?

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Now, that would’ve meant that Christensen would be replacing the legendary James Earl Jones, who has been providing the voice for Darth Vader since the character’s debut. But, would that be it? We did not have official information about this until Episode III of the Obi-Wan Kenobi miniseries, when it was confirmed that the legendary James Earl Jones would be returning to provide the voice of Darth Vader once again.

This means that Disney kept the continuity of Vader’s voice and also brought another Star Wars icon back into its world of television. This meant, of course, that Hayden Christensen would be portraying the body of Darth Vader, whereas Jones would be providing the voice once again.

Who is James Earl Jones?

James Earl Jones is an American actor, born January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi. Son of actor Robert Earl Jones (1910-2006), his career has been spanning for more than sixty years. He is particularly known for his theatrical performances, the most emblematic being his major roles in The Great White Hope (1967) and Fences (1985).

Who Is Voicing Darth Vader in Obi-Wan Kenobi? Hayden Christensen or James Earl Jones?

Beginning at the cinema in Doctor Strangelove (1964) by Stanley Kubrick, he notably played in The Great White Hope (1970), Claudine (1974), Conan the Barbarian (1982), Coming to America (1988), Field of Dreams (1989) or in the adaptations of the novels of Tom Clancy, The Hunt for Red October (1990), Patriot Games (1992), and Clear and Present Danger (1994).

His deep bass voice makes him a frequent narrator; he is particularly known for his vocal performances, the most famous of which is his interpretation of the Sith lord Darth Vader in the Star Wars saga, which he first performed in the original trilogy (1977-1983), then occasionally in the films Revenge of the Sith (2005), Rogue One (2016), The Rise of Skywalker (2019), as well as in the Rebels series (2014-2018). He also lent his voice to Mufasa in The Lion King (1994) and he was the voice-over for CNN during the 80s and 90s pronouncing the famous slogan “This is CNN”.

Named in several ceremonies, he is notably the winner of two Primetime Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards, a Grammy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. In 2012, he received an honorary Oscar for his entire career. His credits include:

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1964Dr. StrangeloveLt. Lothar Zogg
1967The ComediansDr. Georges Magiot
1967The Comedians in AfricaHimselfShort film
1970The End of the RoadDoctor D
1970The Great White HopeJack Jefferson
1970King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to MemphisHimselfDocumentary
1972Malcolm XNarratorVoice role
Documentary
1972The ManDouglass Dilman
1974ClaudineRupert “Roop” B. Marshall
1976The River NigerJohnny Williams
1976The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor KingsLeon Carter
1976SwashbucklerNick Debrett
1976Deadly HeroRabbit
1977The GreatestMalcolm X
1977Star WarsDarth VaderVoice role
Originally uncredited (credited in reissues)
1977Exorcist II: The HereticOlder Kokumo
1977The Last Remake of Beau GesteSheikh
1977A Piece of the ActionJoshua Burke
1979The Bushido BladeHarpooner
1980The Empire Strikes BackDarth VaderVoice role
Originally uncredited (credited in reissues)
1982The Flight of DragonsOmmadonVoice role
1982Conan the BarbarianThulsa Doom
1982Blood TideFryeaka Demon Island and The Red Tide
1983Return of the JediDarth VaderVoice role
1985City LimitsAlbert
1986Soul ManProfessor Banks
1986Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of GoldUmslopogaas
1987Gardens of StoneSgt. Maj. “Goody” Nelson
1987My Little GirlIke Bailey
1987Pinocchio and the Emperor of the NightEmperor of the NightVoice role
1987MatewanFew Clothes
1988Coming to AmericaKing Jaffe Joffer
1989Three FugitivesDetective Movan Dugan
1989Field of DreamsTerence Mann
1989Best of the BestFrank Couzo
1990ConvictsBen Johnson
1990The Hunt for Red OctoberAdmiral James Greer
1990The AmbulanceLt. Spencer
1990Grim Prairie TalesMorrison
1991ScorchersBear
1991True IdentityHimself
1992Patriot GamesAdmiral James Greer
1992Freddie as F.R.O.7NarratorAmerican dub
1992SneakersNSA Agent Bernard Abbott
1993DreamriderWilliam Perry
1993SommersbyJudge Barry Conrad Isaacs
1993The SandlotMr. Mertle
1993Excessive ForceJake
1993The Meteor ManEarnest Moses
1994Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final InsultHimselfCameo
1994Clean SlateDolby
1994The Lion KingMufasaVoice role
1994Clear and Present DangerAdmiral James Greer
1995Jefferson in ParisMadison Hemings
1995Cry, the Beloved CountryRev. Stephen Kumalo
1995Judge DreddNarratorUncredited voice role
1996A Family ThingRay Murdock
1996Good LuckJames Bing
1997Casper: A Spirited BeginningKiboshVoice role
Direct-to-video
1997Gang RelatedArthur Baylor
1998Primary ColorsCNN VoiceoverVoice role
1998The Lion King II: Simba’s PrideMufasaVoice role
Direct-to-video
1999Our Friend, MartinMartin Luther King, Sr.Voice role
Direct-to-video
1999On the Q.T.Leo
1999Undercover AngelThe Judge
1999The Annihilation of FishFish
1999Fantasia 2000HimselfIntroduced Carnival of the Animals segment
2001Finder’s FeeAvery Phillips
2005RobotsVoice Box at Hardware StoreVoice cameo
2005The Sandlot 2Mr. Morris MertleDirect-to-DVD
2005Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the SithDarth VaderVoice role (uncredited)
2006The BenchwarmersVoice cameo
2006ClickNarrator of Michael’s PastUncredited cameo
2006Scary Movie 4NarratorUncredited cameo
2008Welcome Home Roscoe JenkinsRoscoe Jenkins, Sr.
2009Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space OdysseyThe Professor / The AdmiralVoice role
2009Jack and the BeanstalkThe GiantVoice role
2011Star Tours – The Adventures ContinueDarth VaderShort film
Voice role
2013Gimme ShelterFrank McCarthy
2014The Angriest Man in BrooklynRuben
2014Driving Miss DaisyHoke ColburnTheatrical release of Australian stage production
2016Rogue OneDarth VaderVoice role
2018Warning ShotPendleton
2019The Lion KingMufasaVoice role
2019Star Wars: The Rise of SkywalkerDarth VaderVoice cameo
2021Coming 2 AmericaKing Jaffe Joffer

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1963East Side/West SideJoe GoodwinEpisode: “Who Do You Kill?”
1966Dr. KildareDr. Lou Rush4 episodes
1969N.Y.P.D.Candy Lateen2 episodes
1969Sesame StreetHimself2 episodes
1974NBC Children’s TheaterHimselfEpisode: “Super Plastic Elastic Goggles”
1977RootsAlex HaleyEpisode: “Part XII”
1977Jesus of NazarethBalthazarEpisode: “Part 1”
1978Sesame StreetMovie StarEpisode: 1148
1979Roots: The Next GenerationsAlex HaleyEpisode: “1.7”
1979–1980ParisWoodrow Paris13 episodes
1985Me and MomLou Garfield6 episodes
1986Faerie Tale TheatreGenie of the Lamp
Genie of the Ring
Episode: “Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp”
1987Highway to HeavenGabe Wilson1 episode: “A Song of Songs”
1987,
1990–1992
Square One TVAnnouncer
Chief Thad Greene
4 episodes
1987–1991MathnetChief Thad Green5 episodes
1988–1989L.A. LawLee Atkins2 episodes
1989Saturday Night with Connie ChungVernon JohnsEpisode: “God’s Bad Boy”
1989–1992Long Ago and Far AwayHimself (host)35 episodes
1990, 1994,
1998
The SimpsonsNarrator / Moving Man
Serak the Preparer / Maggie Simpson
Voice roles
3 episodes
1990–1991Gabriel’s FireGabriel Bird22 episodes
1991–1992Pros and ConsGabriel Bird12 episodes
1992Shelley Duvall’s Bedtime StoriesNarratorSegment “Millions of Cats”
1992Garfield and FriendsDiabloVoice role
Episode: “Ghost of a Chance”
1993ABC Weekend SpecialN/AEpisode: “The Parsley Garden”
1993Law & OrderHorace McCoyEpisode: “Profile”
1993American PlayhouseOld Man TaylorEpisode: “Hallelujah”
1994Picket FencesBryant ThomasEpisode: “System Down”
1994Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of SupermanFranklin SternEpisode: “The House of Luthor”
1995Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every ChildKing DakkarVoice role
Episode: “The Valiant Little Tailor”
1995Signs and WondersDiamond4 episodes
1995Under One RoofNeb Langston6 episodes
19963rd Rock from the SunNarratorUncredited voice role
19 episodes
1997Mad About YouHimselfEpisode: “Chicken Man”
1997Touched by an AngelAngel of AngelsEpisode: “Clipped Wings”
1997FrasierNorman RoysterEpisode: “Roz’s Krantz & Gouldenstein Are Dead”
1997Stargate SG-1UnasEpisode: “Thor’s Hammer”
1997Homicide: Life on the StreetFelix Wilson3 episodes
1998MerlinMountain KingVoice role
3 episodes
1998RecessSanta ClausVoice role
Episode: “Yes, Mikey, Santa Does Shave”
2003Will & GraceHimselfEpisode: “Me and Mr. Jones”
2003–2004EverwoodWill Cleveland3 episodes
2004According to JimRoyal Flush XP ToiletVoice role
Episode: “The Toilet”
2004Sesame StreetHimselfEpisode: 4077
2008Two and a Half MenHimselfEpisode: “The Devil’s Lube”
2009HouseDibalaEpisode: “The Tyrant”
2014The Big Bang TheoryHimselfEpisode: “The Convention Conundrum”
2014–2016Star Wars RebelsDarth VaderVoice role
5 episodes
2015Agent XChief Justice Caleb Thorne2 episodes
2022Obi-Wan KenobiDarth Vader (voice)Episode: “Part III”

  • Arthur S. Poe has been fascinated by fiction ever since he saw Digimon and read Harry Potter as a child. Since then, he has seen several thousand movies and anime, read several hundred books and comics, and played several hundred games of all genres.