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John Williams Confirmed To Score 'Star Wars: Episodes VII-IX,' Says J.J. Abrams The Right Person To Continue The Saga

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by Kevin Jagernauth
July 27, 2013 12:02 PM
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Of all the rumors swirling around "Star Wars: Episode 7" and the subsequent sequels and spin-offs, this was probably the most no-brainer obvious as being true. Hell, even J.J. Abrams himself said back in April that John Williams—who provided the iconic music of the original "Star Wars" and never looked back—would likely return to score part seven, and it turns out the composer is in for the long haul.

Not only do Germans love David Hasselhoff, they love "Star Wars" and right now in Essen is the Celebration Europe event celebrating all things Jedi. And producer Kathleen Kennedy was on hand to drop this little morsel of news (via Empire). "I had breakfast with someone very important to the 'Star Wars' family on Friday," she teased, "and he has committed to being involved in the next three films, and that is Mr. John Williams."

While some of us might have preferred to see what Abrams regular Michael Giacchino could do with the franchise, we can't complain too much about the return of the man whose score is as much a defining aspect of "Star Wars" as any of the characters. And in a perfectly blend of synergy, the official "Star Wars" YouTube channel dropped an interview with John Williams this morning where he shares his excitement at returning to the series, notes that he hasn't read a script yet and shares his belief that Abrams is the right person to carry on the torch from George Lucas.

"Star Wars: Episode 7" is expected to hit theaters in 2015. Watch the interview with Williams below.

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9 Comments

  • McKenzie | July 27, 2013 7:40 PMReply

    His scores for the prequels were arguably the best part. Composers are a bit like painters. If they can hold the brush...let 'em work.

  • Skywater | July 27, 2013 3:40 PMReply

    *And while I'm sure...

  • Skywater | July 27, 2013 3:38 PMReply

    Lol. I really like Giacchino. I'm while i'm sure he would probably get get nicer words from the legendary John Williams than he is from the snarling and rabid internet crowd, Giacchino would be the first to get super excited about another Williams star wars score.

  • hank | July 27, 2013 2:46 PMReply

    seriously who the fuck preferred Michael Giacchino over Williams?

  • Alan B | July 27, 2013 7:20 PM

    The Playlist have written a number of posts about their preference for Giacchino. Based on what? I don't have a fucking clue. I like Giacchino, but - for fuck's sake - only The Playlist could suggest that JOHN WILLIAMS is not the most suitable person to score, umm, a 'Star Wars' film. Playlist, better stick to reviews-that-read-like-synopses: that's your bread and butter.

  • Williams Fan | July 27, 2013 2:02 PMReply

    I hope John Williams makes it. He's 81!

  • Williams Fan | July 27, 2013 2:02 PMReply

    I hope John Williams makes it. He's 81!

  • Mark | July 27, 2013 12:20 PMReply

    "While some of us might have preferred to see what Abrams regular Michael Giacchino could do with the franchise"

    Why? Why have a third rate replacement when you can have the real thing? This is the first Episode VII news I can fully get behind.

  • Filmmusicfan | July 27, 2013 1:40 PM

    I 100% agree!

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