World renowned composer announced by Kathleen Kennedy at Star Wars Celebration. Williams discusses new film and JJ Abrams in video message.
Lucasfilm announced today that John Williams, the composer behind the music of all six films in the Star Wars saga, is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.
Fans attending Star Wars Celebration this weekend in Essen, Germany heard the news first from Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy while being interviewed on stage by host Warwick Davis.
“I look forward to returning to a galaxy far, far away… I actually feel like I never left it,” said Williams via a pre-recorded video at the event on Saturday.
“I’m happy to be a continuing part of the Star Wars saga… and the joy in the journey of discovery that awaits us all.”
Williams iconic music for Star Wars includes the ‘Main Title’ theme, the ‘Imperial March’ that was first introduced in The Empire Strike Back, and ‘Duel of the Fates’, written for The Phantom Menace.
Williams, whose career spans six decades, has won five Academy Awards and has scored films including Jaws, the Indiana Jones series and E.T. The Extra Terrestrial.
Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams and scripted by Michael Arndt, with Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg on board as consultants. The film is set for a 2015 release.