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: Episode VII comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.


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Comments (25)

  1. gumperman

    @themoviefanatic Indeed! :)

    9 months agoby @gumpermanFlag

  2. Sean

    @gumperman Awesome! :)

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  3. Sean

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

    9 months agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  4. 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.

    9 months agoby @gumpermanFlag

  5. Zak Lee Ferguson

    Such an interesting soulful powerful emotive passionate guy

    9 months agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  6. Sean

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

    9 months agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  7. undeadslayer4

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

    9 months agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  8. Sean

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

    9 months agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  9. undeadslayer4

    @themoviefanatic i thought he already comfirmed it

    9 months agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  10. CelluloidDreams

    Good news!

    9 months agoby @2movieguysFlag

  11. the MovieGhost

    There could have been no one else.

    9 months agoby @the-movieghostFlag

  12. 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.

    9 months agoby @shuabertFlag

  13. Sean

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

    9 months agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  14. Emmy has a Gun

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

    9 months agoby @emmyhasagunFlag

  15. 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

    9 months agoby @gumpermanFlag

  16. Sean

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

    9 months 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

    9 months agoby @mcleve02Flag

  18. Replicant

    Not surprised.

    9 months agoby @felipe-11Flag

  19. CoreyB

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

    9 months agoby @CoreyBFlag

  20. CBF

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

    9 months agoby @comicbookfanFlag

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  22. Mr.K


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