John Williams' score is as synonymous with Star Wars as lightsabers and daddy issues, so die hard fans were likely ecstatic when Disney confirmed the composer would bring his music back for episodes seven, eight and nine Saturday morning.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy broke the news of Williams' return to adoring crowds at Celebration Europe, a Star Wars fan event in Essen, Germany. "Every time I hear John’s music, it just gives me the chills. It’s so important to the saga. We’re all really excited that he’s a part of this," Kennedy told the crowd. (Oh, and Kennedy further drove a spike into those silly rumors about Abrams quitting.) Shortly after her announcement, a promotional video with the living film legend himself appeared on StarWars.com. It was officially official; Williams is back:
So the composer will score all three movies in the new trilogy, making Williams the only person to score a Star Wars movie yet. As Empire points out, his participation in the new trilogy was hardly a foregone conclusion. New director J.J. Abrams previously said he was hoping Williams would return for the new trilogy, but that nothing was certain. And Abrams could have worked with his longtime composing partner Michael Giacchino for the new movies, but Williams' distinct, memorable style is so ingrained in the Star Wars experience, as Kennedy pointed out, that they needed to secure his place for the new trilogy. What's a new Star Wars movie without the dun-dun-da-da-duuun-dun of the theme song, anyhow?