Legendary Star Wars composer John Williams is back.
That’s right – Solo: A Star Wars Story is getting a theme by the legend himself.
According to Variety, the 85-year-old composer will be scoring a theme for the upcoming Star Wars spin-off – making it the ninth Star Wars movie in his long and illustrious career.
“Solo will stay in the ‘Star Wars’ family with veteran franchise composer John Williams set to write the theme for the standalone film about Han Solo,” they revealed. But Williams isn’t doing it along, with principal composer John Powell scoring the movie at large.
“The present plan is that I’m writing a theme for Han Solo,” he explained in an interview with Variety. “And John Powell is going to write the score, which he’ll do brilliantly.”
Of course, Powell was announced as composer back in July.
But now it looks as though the legendary John Williams will be helping out.
“[Powell’s] assignment is something I’m very happy about,” said John Williams. “What I will do is offer this to John, and to [director] Ron Howard, and if all parties are happy with it, then I will be happy. John [Powell] will complete the score. He will write all the rest of the themes and all of the other material, which I’m going to be very anxious to hear.”
Of course, this is quite a big deal for Solo.
After all, John Williams has scored all eight of the main Star Wars franchise films so far, with only the earlier spin-off Rogue One scored by newcomer Michael Giacchino. Williams won an Oscar for the 1977 original score, with nominations for three others.
Obviously, the addition of Williams likely hints that Solo will be tapping into the retro stylings of the earlier franchise… which makes a lot of sense, considering that the movie follows a young Han Solo, long before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope.
But for now, we’ll have to wait and see.
Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, alongside Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Joonas Suotamo, Paul Bettany and Thandie Newton.
Ron Howard directed the movie, based on a script by Jon and Lawrence Kasdan.
Solo: A Star Wars Story heads to cinemas on 25 May 2018.