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Gareth Edwards' Godzilla composer to score Star Wars spin-off Rogue One

03.16.2015

Star Wars Rogue One Gareth Edwards Alexandre Desplat

Alexandre Desplat will provide the score for the Star Wars spin-off film ROGUE ONE, reuniting him with GODZILLA director Gareth Edwards. Desplat revealed the news during an interview on Radio Classique's Culture Club.

The French composer recently won a Best Original Score Oscar for his work on Wes Anderson's THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, and Alexandre Desplat has also scored dozens of other movies, including THE IMITATION GAME, ARGO and THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON.

Gareth Edwards will direct ROGUE ONE from a script by Chris Weitz (ABOUT A BOY) and it will star THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING actress Felicity Jones.

Although ROGUE ONE is a spin-off, it's still going to be a little strange to watch a Star Wars movie that doesn't have a John Williams score. But Alexandre Desplat is an absolutely fantastic composer, and I'm very excited he will be doing the score for the upcoming film.

Production on ROGUE ONE will reportedly start sometime this summer, and it is scheduled to be in theaters on December 16, 2016.

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6:23PM on 03/16/2015
Desplat is a fine composer, but not for something like Star Wars. I understand this is a spin-off, but there is still a certain "sound" that belongs to the universe, same with Middle Earth, Bond, Alien, etc. I hope for the best, but there are many other composers I would have rather seen get a job scoring music in the Star Wars series.
Desplat is a fine composer, but not for something like Star Wars. I understand this is a spin-off, but there is still a certain "sound" that belongs to the universe, same with Middle Earth, Bond, Alien, etc. I hope for the best, but there are many other composers I would have rather seen get a job scoring music in the Star Wars series.
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2:44PM on 03/16/2015
I can only assume that Desplat will use some classic Star Wars melodies here and there for his score and be inspired by John Williams' iconic work, but this is a SPIN-OFF! It should have a lot of its own character that seperates it from the core I-IX series.
I can only assume that Desplat will use some classic Star Wars melodies here and there for his score and be inspired by John Williams' iconic work, but this is a SPIN-OFF! It should have a lot of its own character that seperates it from the core I-IX series.
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4:32PM on 03/16/2015
Agreed, because its a spinoff, it really needs its OWN identity but something that is still recognizable within the Star Wars universe
Agreed, because its a spinoff, it really needs its OWN identity but something that is still recognizable within the Star Wars universe
2:13PM on 03/16/2015

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Desplat is a fine composer, but John Williams IS the music of Star Wars, so crucial to the series success that it is nearly unthinkable that a different composer would take over scoring a live-action Star Wars film while Williams is still working. I think Disney grossly underestimates John Williams' pivotal role in bringing a Star Wars film to life. I hope Desplat succeeds in creating a score for Rogue One that is even in the same galaxy as what Williams has achieved.
Desplat is a fine composer, but John Williams IS the music of Star Wars, so crucial to the series success that it is nearly unthinkable that a different composer would take over scoring a live-action Star Wars film while Williams is still working. I think Disney grossly underestimates John Williams' pivotal role in bringing a Star Wars film to life. I hope Desplat succeeds in creating a score for Rogue One that is even in the same galaxy as what Williams has achieved.
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