John Williams keen to score new ‘Star Wars’ movie

The veteran composer won an Oscar for his score to the original 1977 movie

Composer John Williams has revealed he is keen to score the new Star Wars film.

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. Now he has expressed an interest in returning to the franchise.

During a recent concert attended by a member of the John Williams Fan Network, the composer said: “We’re about to play Star Wars and each time we play it, I’m reminded of the first time we played it decades ago. Neither I, nor George, nor anyone else involved thought this would go far or in a few years there would be a sequel and I’d have to revisit the themes… and years later another trilogy. Now we’re hearing of a new set of movies coming in 2015, 2016, so I need to make sure I’m still ready to go in a few years for what I hope would be continued work with George.”

However, Lucas is only playing a limited role in the making of the new Star Wars movie, which is being directed by JJ Abrams. Abrams has a long history of hiring composer Michael Giacchino to score his TV series and movies, which could make Williams surplus to requirements.

Meanwhile, it was reported on Saturday (February 16) that Harrison Ford has signed up to reprise his iconic role as Han Solo. However, this has yet to be confirmed by either Ford or Abrams.

Disney, which bought Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion (£2.5 billion) back in October, is aiming to release the new Star Wars movie some time in 2015. The Mouse House has recently confirmed that several Star Wars spin-off movies are also in the works.