Alexandre Desplat will no longer create the score for the first Star Wars standalone film. BUT: The incredible Oscar-winning Michael Giacchino will take his place.
Desplat, who previously composed Argo and The Grand Budapest Hotel, was no longer available to score, due to schedule conflicts introduced by the reshoots for Rogue One. In the search for a new composer, Disney and Lucasfilm turned to Giacchino, who has a long history with the studio.
Giacchino’s most beloved work has come out of his collaboration with Pixar on the films The Incredibles,Ratatouille, Up, Cars 2, and Inside Out. He also scored this year’s Disney Animation breakout Zootopia, and has previously worked with the live-action division on Sky High, John Carter, and Tomorrowland.
Giacchino, a self-professed Star Wars fan and a devoted fan of John Williams, is also a career-long collaborator of J.J. Abrams and had a cameo as a storm trooper in The Force Awakens. Fittingly, he now becomes the first composer to work on a Star Wars movie besides Williams.
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