'Star Wars: Episode IX' and 'Solo' Lock In Key Star Wars Veteran

John Williams composing

Star Wars is bringing back veteran franchise composer John Williams, who will write the theme for the Han Solo standalone film Solo: A Star Wars Story and the entire score for Episode IX.

Williams confirmed during a recent interview that he'll be reprising the role of writer for the theme song for the standalone Han Solo anthology film, Solo: A Star Wars Story. While Williams will be writing the theme, John Powell will be writing the score, a task that Williams assures "he'll do brilliantly."

"His assignment is something I'm very happy about. 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."

John Powell 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' composer

Disney and Lucasfilm took a similar approach with Rogue One in 2016 when they assigned the composer role to Alexandre Desplat, who was later replaced by Michael Giacchino due to scheduling conflicts. Rogue One was the first Star Wars film to not feature music by John Williams. Even though the style was a bit different, there were several nods to Williams' music, and Giacchino did an exceptional job capturing the feel of the Star Wars ambiance.

Williams has written the complete scores for all eight of the main Star Wars films in the franchise, winning an Oscar for the 1977 original and nominations for three of the other seven.

Update: Williams will also be writing the entire score for Episode IX.

The standalone film covers the early story of one of the most beloved characters in a galaxy far, far away, Han Solo. There are currently no details for Episode IX.

Solo: A Star Wars Story releases in theaters on May 25, 2018 and Episode IX does not yet have a working title, but will be released on December 20, 2019.
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