While much is changing these days with the Star Wars movie franchise, one aspect that will remain the same (at least for now) is who will provide the epic musical score. Oscar-winning composer John Williams, who has written the musical scores for all six Star Wars films, will be back to compose the soundtrack for Episode VII, according to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, who made the announcement Saturday at a Star Wars fan event in Germany.
Lucasfilm was purchased by Disney in 2011, and the rights to the Star Wars franchise along with it. At least three new installments of the saga have since been announced, with Episode VII slated for a 2015 release. Popular producer/director J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness, Super 8) is slated to direct the film, which will reportedly also see reprised roles by Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill. Abrams has been hinting at Williams’ return since April.
In a pre-recorded video, Williams commented on his return to the composer’s helm: “The galaxy far, far away—I feel like I’m actually still in it, that I never really left it. Having worked on all of the six films, I’m just happy to be a continuing part of the whole fun of doing it.”
John Williams, 81, has a long legacy of composing memorable movie scores, being responsible all the themes from the original Star Wars movies, three of the Harry Potter films, the film version of Fiddler on the Roof, Superman (1978), and basically every Steven Spielberg film since Jaws. He has been nominated for over 40 Academy Awards, winning five.
For long-time Star Wars fans who could not imagine anyone else providing the soundtrack, the news could not be better.
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