Kathleen Kennedy took the stage today at Celebration Europe to discuss the future of the Star Wars franchise. Even though we pretty much had confirmation from J.J. Abrams that John Williams would be back, it was nice to get something official. The Lucasfilm President is as official as it gets, and she did indeed confirm that John Williams will definitely be scoring the upcoming trilogy, straight from our crew at Celebration.
Below is the official press release and a video.
John Williams to Score Star Wars: Episode VII
World renowned composer announced by Kathleen Kennedy at Star Wars Celebration
Lucasfilm announced today that 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. Fans attending Star Wars Celebration this weekend in Essen, Germany heard the news first from Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy while being interviewed on stage by host Warwick Davis. 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 War: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back to 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.
“I look forward to returning to a galaxy far, far away… I actually feel like I never left it,” said Williams via a pre-recorded video at the event on Saturday. “I’m happy to be a continuing part of the Star Wars saga… and the joy in the journey of discovery that awaits us all.”