John Williams Confirmed to Score STAR WARS: EPISODE VII; Watch the Composer Discuss Returning to the Franchise

     July 27, 2013


It’s officially official: John Williams will compose the score for Star Wars: Episode VII.  Months ago, Williams expressed his desire to craft the music for director J.J. Abrams’ upcoming film, and Abrams subsequently said that Williams would likely be composing the score “because he was there long before I was.”  Now, out of Star Wars Celebration in Europe, Williams has confirmed that he will indeed return to the franchise for Episode VII.  This marks a break in tradition for Abrams, as he has collaborated with composer Michael Giacchino on all of his previous films.  While I personally would’ve liked to hear Giacchino’s take on the Star Wars universe, Williams’ confirmation seems to be yet another signifier that Episode VII is very closely connected to the previous Star Wars films and won’t be some sort of “reboot.”

Hit the jump to watch Williams discuss coming back for Episode VII and meeting with Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy, and look for plenty more Star Wars news this weekend coming out of Star Wars Celebration in Europe.

Here’s the press release:

John Williams, the legendary composer who crafted the iconic, sweeping music of all six films in the Star Wars saga, is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy announced today at Star WarsCelebration Europe. Williams’ grand orchestral compositions for Star Wars are among the most beloved and recognizable in movie history, from the classic “Main Title” theme introduced in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope to the ominous “Imperial March” from Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Backto the stirring “Duel of the Fates” from the prequel trilogy.

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. The Extra Terrestrial,Lincoln, and countless others.

The composer joins a growing list of all-star creators including director J.J. Abrams, screenwriter Michael Arndt, and consultants Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg, who are shaping Star Wars: Episode VII, currently set for a 2015 release.

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  • Tom

    I’ve got mixed feelings. His work in Star Wars is without discussion amazing, but I’d like to hear some new things in next Episode.

  • Lance

    Yes. It’s not really Star Wars without John Williams. As long as he’s available, he should be doing the music.

    And if J.J. can deliver a great film, I bet it’ll inspire Williams to deliver some really fantastic stuff.

  • Bob

    While I also wouldn’t mind hearing something new I’m not mad that the greatest movie composer alive is returning haha. Im fine with it.

  • Aaron Sullivan

    It wouldn’t be right not to have him compose the music if the original stars are indeed reprising there roles in some way. I also hope that the material will have a stronger (existent) emotional journey that can support what Star Wars music should be. I also hope the music is in the forefront of the mix. Too often it was pushed to the back in the prequels… but I assume that’s partly because the on screen drama just couldn’t support it.

  • belovedwarlord

    Did he do the prequel eps? Because I found that music, especially the first films climatic battle music to be out of place and not a patch on things like Vader V Luke in ROTJ.

    • enderandrew

      Yes, John Williams did all 6 Star Wars movies. And are you really ripping on this fine piece of music?

      I find it odd that people are saying they want something new, and then upset that not all 6 movies sounded identical. Each movie touched on the existing Star Wars themes, but presented new music. Empire Strikes Back, for example, added The Imperial March, perhaps the most famous piece of movie music. If Williams didn’t step outside of what he had already established in Star Wars: A New Hope, then we’d never have that song in Empire Strikes Back.

      • MIXTER

        totally agree! The prequel scores are so much better than the movies surrounding the music. but the highlights are still fantastic. ie order 66, Maul etc.. Even the beyond the stars theme from attack of the clones is great, shame the onscreen chemistry didn’t match it.

        but i believe were gonna be getting the Star Wars films we want now, and his music will shine through even more with better films.

  • Strong Enough

    Giacchino is a John Williams copy anyway. He is always going to be in his shadow as long as he works with J.J. and Bad Robot. They are Spielberg fanatics over there and won’t get off his d*ck.

    • MIXTER

      Good job too! Otherwise the art of great John Williams style movie music may one day be lost. And everything will be replaced by dull Hans Zimmer style noises.

      Most movie scores these days are so unmemorable or innefective. I mean, how does the theme for Avengers, amazing spiderman or even Pacific rim go? Man of Steel though i liked the movie, had one slightly memorable theme tune, but the other themes in the film were just thrashing and banging. Especially Compared to Williams Superman scores.

      • Ted Pettit

        it had to be…. he was following in williams footsteps :P
        the superman theme (williams) is as memorable as star wars

      • Strong Enough

        i agree we lack talent in the composer pool but i just think we need memorable moves as we do composers. John williams had lucas and spielberg to guide him with great movies. nowadays we don’t get those kinds of movies like ET, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic park. it goes both ways. i can hum the Iron man 3 theme though lol

      • onionrovirosa

        Pacific rim theme is bad ass. the rest you mention i dont remember.,

        i been humming it for 2 weeks already

  • Jeff

    Giacchino will have plenty of opportunities if they are indeed doing a SW movie a year. He’s probably next on the list (did “Star Tours”).


    Accept NO substitutes!!!
    Williams is the undisputed king of film scores! And his Star Wars themes are 50% of what Star Wars is. Shame his talents were wasted on the prequels, though his music in each prequel was still fantastic. the images and dialogue/acting did not do his tunes justice. well, mostly. Duel of the fates, and order 66 were outstanding moments.

  • tarek

    This news lit up my interest in star wars VII.
    Thanks John Williams.

  • Atlasshruggedmyass

    MUST SEE!!! This was the first ever movie audience reaction to
    The Star Wars Episode 1 trailer! (Real)

  • Darth Maul

    Giacchino is a good composer, but I did not like his work on the new Star Trek movies. I’m glad Williams is returning and it would be a shame if that seat were taken by someone else. Dual of the Fates was awesome and I cant wait to see what he does next.

  • leslie

    this news means nothing, because the pathetic jj hack abrahms is still involved in this crapfest. not interested in this with jj involved. go to hell jj and disney!

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  • Neven

    Was there ever any doubt?

  • Pk

    So when will the casting process start for this movie?

  • HeSaidSheSaidReviewSite

    Really torn about this. I love the original trilogy’s score, but aside from Duel of the Fates, can anyone really remember a single song from the prequels?

    Plus, Giacchino is awesome. I love LOST’s music and his music from the Star Trek movies.

    I’d like to see both men involved to be honest.

  • zaaan

    More interesting news into 2 weeks hopefully. Thank the gods


    Imperial March, Duel of The Fates…I can’t wait to hear his next masterpiece!


    Composers nowadays forgot everything about writing melodies to make movies memorable, its all noise and sounds to try to convey a feeling for the pictures, i know its the point, but I miss coming out of the theater humming the song cause it was stuck in my head

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  • Yahzee

    … again throwing around the “reboot” word for no reason. Do you know it’s called Star Wars EPISODE VII, right? Not simply Star Wars, or Star Wars I or whatever… not every new thing it’s a reboot

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