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!

DAVIDPD on Jul 27, 2013


This is one returning crew member that I'm looking forward to. Carrie Fisher will have to surprise me.

OfficialJab on Jul 27, 2013


Nicely done.

Xerxexx on Jul 27, 2013


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.

Chris Groves on Jul 27, 2013


He is the argument

Guest on Jul 27, 2013


Well, one "could" argue, but... What has two thumbs and think JW is the greatest? This guy.

Quanah on Jul 27, 2013


Yeah, I had reservations about saying he was THE greatest only to have someone come in all up in arms about it.

Chris Groves on Jul 27, 2013


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!

JediBilly on Jul 28, 2013


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?

N. on Jul 27, 2013


I hope the movies aren't a waste of his time AND I hope he lives long enough to complete the project

Geoff on Jul 27, 2013


This is the best Star Wars news to come out since JJ got the director's chair!

Crazy Legs on Jul 27, 2013


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.

toksin on Jul 27, 2013


Zimmer's score was solid

Guest on Jul 27, 2013


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.

Greg dinskisk on Jul 27, 2013


Whoopedy doozles. Troll funnels

Carpola on Jul 27, 2013


If nothing else, it will at least sound like star wars.

JL on Jul 27, 2013


Williams scores Episode 7, 8 and 9 and hopefully, Giachino would score solo films, this would be perfect.

Arnold on Jul 27, 2013


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.

Last Son on Jul 27, 2013


I usually avoid using profanity when I speak or talk but... Oh f*ck yeah!

Fidel Reyes on Jul 28, 2013


He should also score Avengers 2!

Fidel Reyes on Jul 28, 2013


......and now the circle is complete!

lattimore on Jul 28, 2013


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.

lattimore on Jul 28, 2013


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!

Jason on Jul 28, 2013


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