john williams

With the Star Wars Celebration Europe conference on Saturday afternoon, we knew at least some Star Wars Episode VII information would likely shake loose (or, rather, we desperately, desperately hoped).  And producer Kathleen Kennedy didn’t disappoint, as she officially confirmed the return of a man who is integral to the Star Wars cinematic universe and legacy.

John Williams, who wrote the legendary score for the original Star Wars trilogy (as well as countless other films like Jaws, E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and the Indiana Jones series), as well as contributing one of the only things about the Star Wars prequel trilogy that didn’t suck (the music), has been officially confirmed to return to the Star Wars universe.  Not only will he write the score for the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII, he will also write the music for the remaining entries in the sequel trilogy, Star Wars Episode VIII and Star Wars Episode IX.

/Film notes this will be a Herculean task for the composer, as Star Wars Episode IX won’t be released until 2019 at the earliest, meaning the 81 year old Williams will be scoring the new Star Wars sequel trilogy until he is at least 87 years old, if not older.

Star Wars Episode VII is set for a 2015 release date.

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