The Star Wars Celebration Europe event is currently under-way in Germany, and producer Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that legendary composer John Williams will return to score the upcoming Star Wars trilogy. Williams is 81, an age many people would be happily retired, however the composer has told Kennedy he will be involved with Episode VII, VIII and IX , which is great news for fans.
“I had breakfast with someone very important to the Star Wars family on Friday,” she teased, “and he has committed to being involved in the next three films, and that is Mr John Williams.”
“I look forward to returning to a galaxy far, far away,” said Williams in a video, played at Celebration Europe. “I actually feel like I never left it. I hope I can contribute something in the new films that will be worthy of your continued attention.”
After the video played, Kennedy explained, simply, why Williams’ involvement with the new movies was a must. “Every time I hear John’s music, it just gives me the chills. It’s so important to the saga. We’re all really excited that he’s a part of this.”
Director J.J. Abrams has always used Michael Giacchino for his scores, and the prospect of a fresh pair of ears on the franchise was quite exciting, but if Williams is interested you can’t use anyone else. Filming on Star Wars Episode VII will begin next year in the UK for a 2015 release.