John Williams, the famed film composer who has scored all eight mainline Star Wars films will return to write the main theme for the upcoming Han Solo movie, Variety reported today. He will be joining composer John Powell (Chicken Run, How to Train Your Dragon), who will be writing the rest of the film’s music.
“His assignment is something I’m very happy about,” Williams said about Powell. “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 Film, starring Aiden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo, will be the second of Disney’s Star Wars anthology films. One ongoing question with these films is how much, and in what way, they will attempt to maintain stylistic and tonal consistency with the core numbered films. The inclusion of Williams, even if just to create the main theme, is a clear gesture at connection, giving Solo a clear sonic connection to the other films. Rogue One’s score was composed by Michael Giacchino (Star Trek Beyond, Spider-Man: Homecoming), who replaced the initial composer, Alexandre Desplat, during the film’s reshoots, which were rumoured to have taken place in part to modify the film’s tonal balance to be more in line with the rest of the franchise.
Solo: A Star Wars Story, which will also star Donald Glover as a young Lando Calrissian and Woody Harrelson as Beckett, a mentor figure to Han, will be released May 25, 2018. [Variety]