John Williams Confirmed to Score ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’!

Watch a video interview with the composer where he discusses working with Kathleen Kennedy and director J.J. Abrams.

Star Wars Celebration Europe is in full swing this weekend, which LucasFilm is using to make some big announcements for Star Wars: Episode VII. Today, the studio confirmed a report from May that legendary composer John Williams is providing the score for this highly-anticipated sequel. In addition, a video interview was released with the musician discussing working with producer Kathleen Kennedy and director J.J. Abrams. Take a look at the interview, then read the official LucasFilm press release for more details.

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, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy announced today at Star Wars Celebration Europe. 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 Wars: 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.

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, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.


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  1. Sean

    @gumperman Awesome! :)

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  2. Sean

    @gumperman A double confirmation ? So, Then he will be doing the music for the movie. That's good news.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  3. gumperman

    @themoviefanatic Well, he confirmed it in the last video movieweb posted an this very subject, ala the link I provided below. This is like just a double confirmation I guess where he talks about actually sitting down and talking with Abrams and Kennedy.

    2 years agoby @gumpermanFlag

  4. Zak Lee Ferguson

    Such an interesting soulful powerful emotive passionate guy

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  5. Sean

    @undeadslayer4 .Yeah, now it actually has been confirmed for real this time :) .

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  6. undeadslayer4

    @themoviefanatic ya cause hes been constantly been saying that throughtout the whole entire year

    2 years agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  7. Sean

    @undeadslayer4 Maybe he didn't confirm it himself before until now ?

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  8. undeadslayer4

    @themoviefanatic i thought he already comfirmed it

    2 years agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  9. CelluloidDreams

    Good news!

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  10. the MovieGhost

    There could have been no one else.

    2 years agoby @the-movieghostFlag

  11. Josh

    Great news. Star Wars just wouldn't be the same without old John. I do think it would be pretty cool if he and Michael Giacchino collaborated on it a bit. Giacchino is one of the best young composers working today, and has brought a really distinct feel to Abrams' filmography. Those two working together could make some really stunning music.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  12. Sean

    @gumperman Yeah, But This time it was John Williams himself confirming it, that he will be doing the music for the movie, right ?

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  13. Emmy has a Gun

    @comicbookfan agreed. it just wouldn't be the same without john williams composing.

    2 years agoby @emmyhasagunFlag

  14. gumperman

    Old News! How many times is MOVIEWEB going to confirm John Williams is doing the score for the next STAR WARS film? I predict every two months until the film is released. Haha! movieweb/news/composer-john-williams-and-costume-designer-michael-kaplan-confirmed-for-star-wars-episode-vii

    2 years agoby @gumpermanFlag

  15. Sean

    This is awesome news! I am really looking forward to hearing his music in Star Wars episode 7 !

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag


    Awesome!!! That's the way it should be! If anyone else did the music, yes even if it were Zimmer, I would be sad

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  17. Replicant

    Not surprised.

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  18. CoreyB

    Giachinno is jj's boy but i doubt he has hard feelings... Williams is a damn legend

    2 years agoby @CoreyBFlag

  19. CBF

    Hope he stays alive long enough to do VIII and IX too.

    2 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

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