In Obi-Wan Kenobi, a Ukrainian AI company aided vocally

In Obi-Wan Kenobi, a Ukrainian AI company aided vocally ...

The six-part Obi-Wan Kenobi series came to an end this week. It is unlikely that the finale will be complete, and some mild spoilers are expected. Obi-Wan has gone down as perhaps the finest Star Wars project under Disney so far. A number of iconic characters have returned. However, one or two of the characters'' voices aren''t necessarily the ones they have now.

Respeecher, a Ukrainian company that specializes in AI-powered voice cloning, spoke with Polygon about its work on the new Disney+ show, and although at least one of the returning stars we''ve seen over the course of the series is voiced by its AI tech, Lucasfilm has given strict instructions not to reveal who they are.

Respeecher''s AI has actually used Disney and Lucasfilm for the past seven years, and it perfectly explains why an AI tool like this can be so useful. Even if Mark Hamill did indeed voice young Luke Skywalker when he returned in The Mandalorian, and then again in The Book of Boba Fett, the younger version of his voice that was heard was created by Respeecher''s AI.

As a result of our technology and services, we may create a digital copy of a particular voice and enable another person to speak in this voice, Serdiuk advises. We also allow [studios] to scale voices, to age voices, and even resurrect voices for several projects. In Hamill''s case, the AI was used to make his voice sound younger so it compatible with the younger version of his character in the above Disney+ episodes.

As soon as James Earl Jones returned to voice Darth Vader, fans have marveled at the fact that his AI was used by Respeecher, which he believes is completely possible. Palpatine and Hayden Christensen are also shown as well before the finale. No one has seen until Disney revealed Luke''s voice had been altered in The Mandalorian.