John Williams expected to return for “Star Wars VII”

May 1, 2013

Ever since J.J. Abrams signed on to direct 2015’s Star Wars: Episode VII for Disney and Lucasfilm earlier this year, it has been speculated that he would hire frequent composer Michael Giacchino (Star Trek Into DarknessSuper 8) for the highly anticipated sequel. Giacchino himself said that he would prefer to see John Williams, who scored the original Star Wars films, to return for the next installment in the space saga.

At a recent press conference for Star Trek Into Darkness in Berlin, Abrams was asked about the possibility of Giacchino moving from Star Trek to Star Wars, and he had this to say about that and his Into Darkness score… 

“Michael Giacchino is an incredible composer, who I was lucky enough to begin working with on Alias. … He’s truly one of the most influential members of our crew, and I think this score, he really outdid himself. Again, for Star Wars, it’s very early days, but I believe that, going forward, John Williams will be doing that film, because he was there long before I was.”

The iconic music from the other Star Wars films NEEDS to be included in the new trilogy (it wouldn’t feel like Star Wars), but would a fresh take on the music be welcomed if Williams wasn’t considered or didn’t accept the job?


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