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: Episodes VII, VIII and IX, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy announced today at Star Wars Celebration Europe.
"I had breakfast with someone very important to the Star Wars family on Friday," she teased, "and he has committed to being involved in the next three films, and that is Mr John Williams."
Williams' grand orchestral compositions for Star Wars are among the most loved and recognisable 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.
In a video played at Celebration Europe Williams said: "I've loved doing the Star Wars films, with all the fanfares and flourish. The galaxy far, far away – I actually feel like I'm still in it, that I've never really left it. Having worked on all of the the six films, I'm just happy to be continuing to be part of the whole fun of doing it."
Kennedy also went on to explain why Williams' involvement with the new movies was a must, "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."
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, Superman, the Indiana Jones series, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, 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 currently shaping Star Wars: Episode VII for a 2015 release.