Williams won an Oscar for his score to the original 1977 'Star Wars' film

Director JJ Abrams has revealed that John Williams is clear frontrunner to score the new Star Wars movie.

Williams won an Oscar for his score to the original 1977 Star Wars film and went on to compose the music for the five subsequent movies directed by George Lucas. Recently he expressed an interest in scoring the new movie too.

However, Abrams has taken over the director’s chair for Star Wars VII and has a long history of hiring composer Michael Giacchino to score his TV series and films, including the soon-to-be-released Star Trek Into Darkness.

During a Star Trek press conference in Berlin on Monday (April 29), TrekMovie.com reports, Abrams was asked about the score for Star Wars, and replied: “Michael Giacchino is an incredible composer, who I was lucky enough to begin working with on Alias. He’s truly one of the most influential members of our crew, and I think this score, he really outdid himself.”

However, Abrams went on to add: “For Star Wars, it’s very early days, but I believe that, going forward, John Williams will be doing that film, because he was there long before I was.”

Disney has slated the new Star Wars movie for release in 2015 and hired Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt to pen the script. Original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill have all hinted that that they are likely to be returning.