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Jones: I'm proud to be Darth Vader

James Earl Jones has revealed he is unlikely to appear in the new Star Wars films.

The Oscar-nominated actor, who was the voice of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars film series, hinted he may not be involved in the forthcoming movies. Disney is planning three new Star Wars sequels and a variety of spin-off films.

"I've got no illusions that I will or even hankering to be in them, but I'm very proud to have been part of the original," he told Variety.

JJ Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, which will feature returning cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill alongside younger co-stars John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac and Daisy Ridley.

Asked about his thoughts on the new films, James said: " I have no idea where they'll go with it, but I hope they sustain the success of the first ones and do it well."

Meanwhile, the 83-year-old said he would often joke with co-star Boyd Gaines "before curtain" as they appeared on The Today Show to promote the film release of their Broadway play, Driving Miss Daisy.

Boyd said: "What does the redneck Jedi say?", when James replied in Darth Vader's deep notes: " Luke, I am your father... and your uncle."

The joke is a reference to one of the most famous scenes in the second instalment The Empire Strikes Back, where Darth Vader tells a shocked Luke Skywalker: "I am your father."

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