When the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer debuted back in November, it ended with part of John Williams' iconic theme music that has become synonymous with the Star Wars franchise for decades. While we have known for quite some time that John Williams is coming back to compose the score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, many have wondered if he will craft entirely new music, or if the beloved themes from the original movies will be included as well. During a recent interview, John Williams confirmed that there will be a few scenes where "earlier thematic pieces" will be present in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
"There are some scenes where we do make reference to earlier thematic pieces. We haven't done it yet, but we're planning to do it. It's something that I think will seem very natural and right in the moments for which we've chosen to do these kinds of quotes. There aren't many of them, but there are a few that I think are important and will seem very much a part of the fabric of the piece in a positive and constructive way."
"I really don't. [Thinks about it for a moment anyway, then laughs] No. I've played so many of those pieces in concert over the year, and I think my affection for them, if I can put it that way, is pretty constant thing. If you pressed me, well, you could probably look up the concert programs over the years and say, You favored this one over that one. It's possible, I don't know, but I don't think I can say I have any favorites."
It isn't known if John Williams will also compose the scores for Star Wars: Episode VIII or Star Wars: Episode IX, but the spinoff Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One has already confirmed Alexandre Desplat to compose the score. John Williams is composing the score for Steven Spielberg's The BFG, along with a full slate of summer concerts. Are you glad Star Wars: The Force Awakens will feature some of John Williams' original themes? Let us know what you think below.