John Williams to score new ‘Star Wars’ films

Composer will return to franchise for Episodes VII - IX, says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy

John Williams has confirmed he will return to score the next batch of Star Wars films, it has been revealed.

The legendary composer, who has worked on soundtracks for the likes of ET, Jaws and Superman, will provide the music for Episodes VII to IX of the sci-fi franchise. According to Empire, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy revealed the news at the Star Wars Celebration in Germany.

She told the crowd: “I had breakfast with someone very important to the Star Wars family last Friday, and he has committed to working on Episode VII. And that is Mr John Williams. Every time I hear John’s music, it just gives me the chills. It’s so important to the saga.”

Meanwhile, Williams – who was speaking in a pre-recorded interview broadcast at the event – said of his plans for the score: “Of course I haven’t seen the script, the new story is still unknown to me, but I can’t imagine that there won’t be some references to the existing stories that we know that would necessitate and make appropriate the use of earlier themes.”

Lucasfilm – which is now owned by Disney – has slated Star Wars: Episode VII for release in 2015 and hired Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt to pen the script. In addition to Ford, original cast members Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill both hinted very strongly that they will be returning. Rather more surprisingly, Florence Welch has recently been linked to a “leading role” in the film.