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WATCH: John Williams Describes How He'll Score J.J. Abrams' Upcoming 'Stars Wars'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 29, 2013 at 12:15PM

Composer John Williams is set to score the next installment in the "Star Wars" franchise, "Episode VII," to be directed by J.J. Abrams. Williams has scored all six entries in the series. Watch a video below of the Oscar-winning composer explaining how he'll score the upcoming film.
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John Williams

Composer John Williams is set to score the next installment in the "Star Wars" franchise, "Episode VII," to be directed by J.J. Abrams. Williams has scored all six entries in the series. Watch a video below of the Oscar-winning composer explaining how he'll score the upcoming film.

In the video, Williams says that the story is "still unknown" to him, but that he "can't imagine there will not be some references to the existing stories that we know that would necessitate, and make appropriate, the use of some of the earlier themes."

"Episode VII," to be penned by Michael Arndt ("Toy Story 3"), will hit theaters in 2015, with two more installments unspooling in the years following. Original stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are expected to be a part of the cast.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.