John Williams Confirms He's Coming Back for 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'

John Williams Confirms He's Coming Back for 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'

Aug 15, 2016

Not to start things off on a downbeat note, but considering Star Wars is looking like it will continue for decades to come, eventually the franchise will outlive 84-year-old composer John Williams. The math is just not in anyone's favor on this one. Some day there will be a core Star Wars movie without a Williams score, but at least we know for sure that movie will not be Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Williams spoke about his Episode VIII work at a recent concert attended by Masslive (via Slashfilm), confirming that he would be returning to score his eighth Star Wars movie. He's already seen a cut and will begin composing music for it in a few short weeks. Apparently Williams told the crowd he said yes to the job, "mainly because he was enchanted by actress Daisy Ridley's portrayal of Rey and does not want another composer scoring her scenes."

That's not exactly bombshell news, but it is reassuring for fans to know that Williams is enthusiastic about returning, and that he also loves the character that fans new and old instantly fell in love with. It's also perhaps worth pointing out that Williams reportedly told the audience he doesn't know who Rey's parents are. He could have just been joking around, but if he wasn't, it means that Episode VIII really isn't worried about answering fans pleas to know if she is Luke Skywalker's daughter or not.

 

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