Oscar Winner Alexandre Desplat to Score 'Star Wars: Rogue One'

March 16, 2015

Star Wars / Alexandre Desplat

Even though John Williams has been responsible for all of the scores for each film in the Star Wars saga (except for Star Wars: The Clone Wars), he'll be sitting out for the Star Wars spin-offs it seems. Williams has already been confirmed to provide the score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and presumably Episode VIII and Episode IX (though he's getting up there in years, so time is of the essence). But when it comes to Star Wars: Rogue One, the first standalone adventure outside of the new trilogy, French radio program Radio Classique’s Culture Club (via Film Music Reporter) learned someone else will step up.

Alexandre Desplat, fresh off winning as Oscar for the score for Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, will be scoring Star Wars: Rogue One. Desplat also wrote the incredible score for last year's Godzilla, which just happened to be directed by Gareth Edwards, who will be behind the camera for this new Star Wars adventure. Desplat is one of the best composers working today with scores ranging from both parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to The Imitation Game, Unbroken and Zero Dark Thirty. Having him aboard Star Wars: Rogue One will absolutely be a treat for our ears. Agreed?

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Cannot say I can quite imagine what kind of score it will be and how it will work, but Desplat is one of the very few that seem more than up to the task. I'd love for the spin-offs to have their own style and mood, but nevertheless fit into the SW tradition. This is getting interesting!

Terry Craig on Mar 16, 2015


Hopefully the score won't go....desplat! But seriously, I imagine he's going to do variations on the Williams' themes, because they're so ingrained into the Star Wars fabric that a film without them won't SOUND like a Star Wars film.

TheOct8pus on Mar 16, 2015


I think it's a good choice. He actually made something interesting out of the last two Harry Potter movies after Patrick Doyle and Nicholas Hooper. Still had hoped for Joel McNeely though.

HarryFiddleSticks on Mar 16, 2015


Desplat is the new Morricone! Nuff said!

ari smulders on Mar 16, 2015


His score for Rise of the Guardians is well worth checking out.

leemoder on Mar 16, 2015


Very cool. to hear they are giving the reins to more composers. Deep down I want to hear what Zimmer can do. Ah yis.

DAVIDPD on Mar 16, 2015

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