John Williams Set to Write the Theme For Solo: A Star Wars Story

Posted 2017/12/28 0 0

John Powell will compose the score for the franchise offshoot.


Williams revealed his involvement in “Solo: A Star Wars Story” during in an interview with Variety about his current “Star Wars” opus, “The Last Jedi.” According to the 85-year old composer, if Ron Howard and John Powell are happy with the theme, Powell will then work off of it to compose the score. In addition, Williams spoke of his excitement to be working with John Powell. He had this to say.

"The present plan is that I'm writing a theme for Han Solo, and John Powell is going to write the score, which he'll do brilliantly. His assignment is something I'm very happy about. What I will do is offer this to John, and to (director) Ron Howard, and if all parties are happy with it, then I will be happy... John Powell will complete the score. He will write all the rest of the themes and all of the other material, which I'm going to be very anxious to hear."

Williams has written the complete scores for all eight of the main “Star Wars” films, winning an Oscar for the 1977 original and nominations for three of the other seven. The earlier “Star Wars” standalone, 2016’s “Rogue One,” was scored by Michael Giacchino. It was announced last July that Powell (Bourne films, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda films, How to Train Your Dragon films) was scoring the upcoming Han Solo film. “The untitled Han Solo movie will be scored in the style of the original Star Wars movies but retain Powell’s distinctive voice,” Lucasfilm said back then.

Powell has big shoes to fill, stepping in where John Williams has succeeded so magnificently. But we now know he has Williams himself contributing, and perhaps that will help guide him in the right direction. Meanwhile, fans still wait for the first Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer to drop. A recent leaked image at least teased the look of the characters, though Disney has since disavowed the sneak peek.