The changes keep coming for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but this one has the advantage of being both positive and simply due to scheduling. While Alexandre Desplat (Godzilla) had been recruited to score the first of the standalone films, news arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that the job will now be handled by fellow Academy Award® winner Michael Giacchino (Jurassic World).
While Desplat – who composed the music for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edward's Godzilla (2014) – had been attached to handle the new film's score chores, the change in schedule prompted by additional shooting on the film means he is no longer able to provide his services. Still, Giacchino (who is surely one of the busiest and best working composers) is no slouch either, having provided exceptional work for the likes of Pixar (Up), Brad Bird (Ratatouille) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) director J.J. Abrams. It is also more than a little exciting to contemplate what Giacchino will bring to a universe that has so far been (on the live action big screen, at least) entirely crafted by John Williams. His next score to arrive will be Doctor Strange, the first Giacchino score for a Marvel movie.
Set between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith (2005) and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story follows a group of Rebel soldiers who set out on a dangerous mission to steal the plans for the original Death Star and bring hope to the galaxy.
Our hero this time is Felicity Jones' (The Theory Of Everything) Jyn Erso, a conflicted fighter who is a rebel in more ways than one. She leads up a cast that also includes Diego Luna (Milk), Riz Ahmed (Ill Manors), Ben Mendelsohn (Killing Them Softly), Donnie Yen (Ip Man), Jiang Wen (Gone With The Bullets), Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels' The Butler), Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt), Alan Tudyk (Serenity), Jonathan Aris (Sherlock), Eunice Olumide (World War Z), and Genevieve O'Reilly reprising her role from Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith (2005) as young Mon Mothma.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is released worldwide on 16 December.