Composer John Williams Confirmed to Score Next 'Star Wars' Trilogy
It's official: composer John Williams will be back for Star Wars: Episode VII. During the Star Wars Celebration Europe event via StarWars.com taking place this week, Kathleen Kennedy announced and confirmed that Williams will be returning for the new movie, still being directed by J.J. Abrams, along with the rest of the trilogy. While some fans were hoping Michael Giacchino would get his Star Wars shot with J.J., rumors hit back in April that Williams would likely be back even though he rarely does scores anymore at age 81. Nonetheless, it's official - he'll be back. See a video with Williams talking about his return below.
Here's the interview StarWars.com posted with John Williams discussing returning for more Star Wars:
I love his music. "I can't imagine that there will not be some references to the sister stories that we know…" Nice way to dodge the story question and his "earlier themes", but it's still good to hear that he's ready to bring back everything for more Star Wars. Williams, whose career spans over six decades, has won five Academy Awards and has scored some of the most popular and critically acclaimed films of all time, including Jaws, the Indiana Jones series, E.T., Lincoln, and countless others. The composer joins a growing list of talent including director J.J. Abrams, screenwriter Michael Arndt, and consultants Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg, who are shaping Lucasfilm's Star Wars: Episode VII, currently set for a 2015 release.