'Star Wars' Buzz: John Williams to Compose, Mads Mikkelsen to Reshoot

'Star Wars' Buzz: John Williams to Compose, Mads Mikkelsen to Reshoot

Jun 13, 2016

John Williams, Steven Spielberg

Winner of five Academy Awards, John Williams has composed musical scores for more than 100 movies as well as many televisions shows in a career that dates back to 1956. Many of his compositions have become iconic, such as his music for Jaws, his second collaboration with filmmaker Steven Spielberg. Williams has scored 27 films in total for Spielberg.

While Spielberg and Williams were working together on Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Spielberg recommended Williams to his friend George Lucas, who needed someone to write music for his sci-fi epic Star Wars. The rest is history. Williams has composed music for all seven Star Wars films so far.

Now 84 years old, the composer is not yet ready to retire. In November, he plans to begin working on Spielberg's Ready Player One and then next year hopes to work on Star Wars: Episode VIII. "If I can do it, I certainly will," he said, according to Variety. "I told [producer] Kathy Kennedy I’m happy to do it, but the real reason is, I didn’t want anybody else writing music for Daisy Ridley.”

That's not all. This past weekend, Williams received the AFI Life Achievement Award. Before the presentation, Spielberg said that he wants Williams to compose the score for the fifth installment in the Indiana Jones series.



Not yet officially titled, Indiana Jones 5 is scheduled for release on July 19, 2019.



In other Star Wars news, we've been hearing various accounts about plans for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to undergo reshoots this summer. Now actor Mads Mikkelsen has shared what he knows about those plans.

Mikkelsen is a terrific actor from Denmark who made a big splash in Casino Royale about 10 years ago. Since then, he's moved back and forth between independent European movies and bigger studio movies like Clash of the Titans and the upcoming Doctor Strange. He also impressed a lot of fans with his truly creepy performance in TV's Hannibal (above).

Mikkelsen plays a supporting role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, though in a new interview with The Independent he said about his character: "I’m not sure how much I’m allowed to say without killing you. I play someone in the film, yes. So far, so good."

As to the reshoots, he said he only has one day scheduled. Pressed further, he said: "Basically, all the big films I have done always have reshoots, it is part of their budget. They’re either not super happy with a scene bit, the way we were acting, or maybe there’s something they want to add. It’s not a new thing, it happens with every film. Whether it’s bigger or less, I have no idea, I have nothing to compare with. It’s the same film, it’s just adding little bits here and there to do the final polishing. That’s my feeling."

That may not put all rumors to rest, but it's good to hear from someone who is actually involved with the reshoots. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will open in theaters on December 16.

Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures

For dedicated fans of all ages, Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures will premiere on the Disney XD channel on Monday, June 20. The animated series is set between Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi.

The series will follow the Freemakers, described by Animation Scoop as "a family of sibling scavengers who operate a salvage and repair shop in space." Watch the trailer below

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