‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ composer Alexandre Desplat to score ‘Star Wars’ spin-off film

Felicity Jones will star in the spin-off film, which is called 'Rogue One'

Alexandre Desplat, who recently won an Oscar for his soundtrack to Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, is to score the forthcoming Star Wars spin-off film.

Desplat, whose other soundtrack credits include Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2, The Imitation Game and The King’s Speech, broke the news during a radio interview in his native France, Slashfilm reports, by revealing that he will be reuniting with Godzilla director Gareth Edwards, who is behind the camera on the spin-off film.

Disney announced last Thursday (March 12) that the Star Wars spin-off film, the first in a planned wave of spin-offs, has been titled Rogue One. British actress Felicity Jones, who recently received an Oscar nomination for her performance in The Theory Of Everything, is the film’s first confirmed cast member.

Edwards will direct from a script by Chris Weitz, the Oscar-nominated writer of Cinderella, About A Boy and Antz, and shooting is due to start this summer in London. Disney has given the spin-off a release date of December 16, 2016.

Rogue One will be preceded by JJ Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which is set for release on December 18 this year (2015). Plot details are being kept tightly under wraps but it is known that the story is set 30 years after 1983’s Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.