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

     July 27, 2013

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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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