Composer John Williams Confirmed to Score Next 'Star Wars' Trilogy

July 27, 2013

John Williams

It's official: composer John Williams will be back for Star Wars: Episode VII. During the Star Wars Celebration Europe event via 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 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.

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    The legend returns! Booyakasha!
  • OfficialJab
    This is one returning crew member that I'm looking forward to. Carrie Fisher will have to surprise me.
  • Xerxexx
    Nicely done.
  • Chris Groves
    This man is quite arguably one of the greatest film composers of all time, and I love the idea of him returning to Star Wars.
    • Guest
      He is the argument
      • Well, one "could" argue, but... What has two thumbs and think JW is the greatest? This guy.
        • Chris Groves
          Yeah, I had reservations about saying he was THE greatest only to have someone come in all up in arms about it.
          • JediBilly
            He is the Greatest! For instance, I felt that Harry Potter 4 lost some of its magic when John Williams stopped making music after Prisoner of Azkaban! So Star Wars will be complete with JW and returning cast if even if they're cameos!
  • N.
    Never doubted this! A move in the right direction John has done nothing but greatness for the Star Wars universe and film in general! Can I preorder the Soundtrack now?
  • Geoff
    I hope the movies aren't a waste of his time AND I hope he lives long enough to complete the project
  • Crazy Legs
    This is the best Star Wars news to come out since JJ got the director's chair!
  • toksin
    I think after Zimmer's Superman take, people realize just how good Williams really is. He really is, as many of you say, the greatest movie composer of our time, IMO. Looking forward to the next SW. Hope JJ does better then ID because it was very cheap and shallow.
    • Guest
      Zimmer's score was solid
  • Greg dinskisk
    Sigh... I haven't liked anything he has done since Prisoner of Azkaban... Lincoln's was okay, but... sigh. I wish they got someone new, saying as they're going for a new take for a new generation... Oh well.
  • Whoopedy doozles. Troll funnels
  • JL
    If nothing else, it will at least sound like star wars.
  • Arnold
    Williams scores Episode 7, 8 and 9 and hopefully, Giachino would score solo films, this would be perfect.
  • Last Son
    It will be weird seeing the Disney logo at the beginning of the films instead of Fox. This is great news. Let's just hope that Williams lives long enough to complete all 3 scores.
  • Fidel Reyes
    I usually avoid using profanity when I speak or talk but... Oh f*ck yeah!
  • Fidel Reyes
    He should also score Avengers 2!
  • lattimore
    ......and now the circle is complete!
  • lattimore
    Lets not forget that Abrams is creating the final 3 films of the original 9 film arc. This is not a re-boot - Although we are all curious and anxious to see Abrams take on things , Williams music ultimately and justifiably is 'the' very soul of the Star Wars universe.
  • Jason
    Enjoyed all 6 Star Wars movies; including the children's characters The Ewoks and Jar Jar, the books, the music of John Williams, The Clone Wars TV series, looking forward the next 3 and hoping that the storyline is as good as episodes 1-3. As for the Disney logo, I could care less. Bring 'em on!




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