John Williams will compose the theme for ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

John Powell will still compose the rest of the score.

Star Wars‘ veteran John Williams will be returning to the franchise for next year’s ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story‘.

The composer  – who created the score for ‘The Last Jedi‘ – will write the theme for Hans Solo’s standalone film, according to Variety.

However, John Powell will continue to write the rest of the score, as announced back in July.


“His assignment is something I’m very happy about,” Williams told the site.

“What I will do is offer this to John, and to [director] Ron Howard, and if all parties are happy with it, then I will be happy. … John [Powell] will complete the score.

“He will write all the rest of the themes and all of the other material, which I’m going to be very anxious to hear.”

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ will feature Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo in the movie, alongside an all-star cast that includes Game Of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Donald Glover and ‘Fleabag’‘s Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

It’s due for release on 25 May, 2018.


Williams composed the scores for all current eight ‘Star Wars’ episodes, as well as the themes for 2008’s ‘The Clone Wars’ and 2016’s ‘Rogue One’ spin-offs.

Last year, Williams admitted that he’d never actually seen a ‘Star Wars’ movie.

“When I’m finished with a film, I’ve been living with it, we’ve been dubbing it, recording to it, and so on,” he said.

“You walk out of the studio and, ‘Ah, it’s finished’.”

Earlier this month, a new soundtrack boxset was released for the 40th anniversary of ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ – it features remastered versions of the soundtrack on three vinyl discs, as well as a 48-page hardcover book. 

A 3D hologram of the Death Star also features on side A of the third disc.

The score was composed by John Williams and won the Oscar for Best Original Score in 1977.