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'Star Wars': John Williams returning to score J.J. Abrams' Episode VII


Here’s some news worthy of fanfare: John Williams will return to compose the music for J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy announced today.

The news came out of Star Wars Celebration Europe II, a fan gathering in Messe Essen, Germany. The video above played for the crowd immediately after she revealed his participation in the intensely anticipated followup to Return of the Jedi.

Williams says he hasn’t learned any story details for the film, which is the way he prefers to work. “I’m waiting anxiously like the audience around the world to find out what the surprises are, and discover what my continued role is going to be,” Williams says.

The 81-year-old said the 47-year-old Abrams seems “for me, very young,” but praised his expertise. “He’s also very experienced. He’s had some great success with large-scale projects which are very difficult logistically and mechanically and photographically,” Williams said.

As a veteran of many Spielberg films, Williams has a long history with Kennedy, and said he’s grateful they are taking over for George Lucas on the Star Wars legacy.

“You couldn’t find better candidates for this opportunity,” he added.

Many fans were hoping the five-time Oscar-winner might return, after scoring all of the previous Star Wars films (and winning one of those Academy Awards for his music from the first one.) But it wasn’t certain. Abrams has his own favorite Oscar-winning composer, Michael Giacchino, who has worked on everything from the Star Trek reboots to Super 8 and Abrams’ Lost and Alias TV shows.

Perhaps someday the torch will be passed, but for now Williams is still carrying it forward into that galaxy far away.

J.J. Abrams says John Williams will do the next 'Star Wars' score, probably -- VIDEO

J.J. Abrams won’t say much about the next Star Wars film, which he is directing — though info about casting and the story has piled up in bits and pieces. Now a new bit, from Abrams’ himself: At a Berlin press conference for Star Trek Into Darkness, an entrepreneurial audience member asked the filmmaker about longtime collaborator and composer Michael Giacchino, who has provided the score for most every major Abrams work. The audience member asked: Would Giacchino also do the score for Star Wars? The short answer: No — John Williams, most famous for composing the six other Star Wars films, will, probably. The longer answer: Michael Giacchino is great! But so is John Williams! READ FULL STORY

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