Composer Alexandre Desplat will provide the soundtrack for Star Wars: Rogue One… but does this mean John Williams is out?
It’s no secret that the music of John Williams is synonymous with the Star Wars franchise. And for good reason – John Williams scored some of the most epic moments of the original trilogy.
But while he’s working on the sequel trilogy, it seems he won’t be back for Rogue One.
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During an interview with Radio Classique’s Culture Club, Alexandre Desplat revealed he will score Star Wars: Rogue One.
Desplat is best known for his work on The King’s Speech and Argo. But he also worked with Rogue One director Gareth Edwards on last year’s monster hit, Godzilla.
But this marks an interesting move as only the second Star Wars film to not be scored by John Williams.
Obviously, Desplay is still a solid choice after landing an Academy Award for his work on The Grand Budapest Hotel. It’s easy to see why Disney and Lucasfilm might be convinced to bring him on board.
John Williams is reluctant to take on so much work with the sequel trilogy still to go.
And so perhaps Disney was forced to look elsewhere for the spin-off films.
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Either way, it looks as though Alexandre Desplat will be scoring Rogue One. But will it feature those classic Star Wars tunes? I get the feeling he’d be mad not to riff on the classic soundtrack… and it’s likely that we’ll hear hints of the old-school music in Desplat’s score.
But for now, we’ll have to wait and see.
Star Wars: Rogue One heads to cinemas on 16 December 2016.
Do you think Alexandre Desplat is a solid choice? Will John Williams offer any advice? Let us know what you think in the comments below…