Production is more than halfway complete on Disney and LucasFilm's highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is slated to hit theaters on December 15, 2017. While this sequel will be helmed by a new director, Rian Johnson, all of the main stars from the blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be back, including stars Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), just to name a few. Today we have confirmation that another important member of the production team is coming back, with composer John Williams confirming he will provide the score for Star Wars: Episode VIII.
This news comes just a month after John Williams hinted he may not be back for Star Wars: Episode VIII, while adding that he doesn't want anyone else composing the score either. The composer was honored by the American Film Institute last night, where Variety caught up with the legend. John Williams confirmed that he plans on starting work on scoring Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One in November, and then he expects to move on to score Star Wars 8 after that. Here's what the musician had to say below, adding why he really wants to come back.
"If I can do it, I certainly will. I told Kathy Kennedy I'm happy to do it, but the real reason is, I didn't want anybody else writing music for Daisy Ridley."
During that same event, Access Hollywood's Scott Mantz caught up with Steven Spielberg, who also confirmed that John Williams will provide the score for Indiana Jones 5. After several years of rumors, Disney finally confirmed that Indiana Jones 5 is happening, with Harrison Ford coming back to star as the title character for director Steven Spielberg. The studio has already set a July 19, 2019 release date, although there is very little we know about the project at this time.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull writer David Koepp has come aboard to write the screenplay for Indiana Jones 5, which is said to continue the Crystal Skull story. Aside from Harrison Ford, no other cast members have been confirmed, and it isn't known when production may begin. We'll be sure to keep you posted with more on both Star Wars 8 and Indiana Jones 5 as soon as more details come in.