It has just been announced at Celebration Europe II that John Williams will indeed be back for to score Episode VII! The announcement was made by Kathleen Kennedy during her panel, and a new video has just been released that features John Williams talking about coming back for Episode VII and working with Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams. You can that out in the video above, and below is the official announcement from StarWars.com
John Williams, the legendary composer who crafted the iconic, sweeping music of all six films in the Star Wars saga, is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy announced today at Star Wars Celebration Europe. Williams’ grand orchestral compositions for Star Wars are among the most beloved and recognizable in movie history, from the classic “Main Title” theme introduced in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope to the ominous “Imperial March” from Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back to the stirring “Duel of the Fates” from the prequel trilogy.
Williams, whose career spans over six decades, has won five Academy Awards and has scored some of the most popular and critically acclaimed films of all time, including Jaws, the Indiana Jones series, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Lincoln, and countless others.
The composer joins a growing list of all-star creators including director J.J. Abrams, screenwriter Michael Arndt, and consultants Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg, who are shaping Star Wars: Episode VII, currently set for a 2015 release.
Needless to say, it’s great to have John Williams back to score Episode VII, and I absolutely can’t wait to hear the new music he’ll compose for the movie!