Michael Kaplan is a previous collaborator of J.J. Abrams, and worked on both Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, as well as Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. Kaplan himself confirmed his involvement with Star Wars: Episode VII, telling Clothes on Film the following statement.
"I am very excited to be working on Star Wars. I'm so looking forward to collaborating, once again, with J.J."
Michael Kaplan has previously worked with Star Wars: Episode VII star Harrison Ford on 1982's Blade Runner, one of his first jobs.
John Williams had previously hinted that he was involved with the music for Star Wars: Episode VII, despite Michael Giacchino having scored all of J.J. Abrams' past directorial efforts. Williams has now confirmed with FMM Film Music Media that he will be in charge of the music for this new sequel, having previously conducted the soundtracks for all 6 movies in the franchise.
"I fully plan to and expect I'll be there. It will be good!"
How do you feel about this mix of J.J. Abrams' new crew of collaborators coming together with some of the old guards of the Lucasfilm empire?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.