A few weeks ago, a report surfaced that fans won't get to see the first Star Wars 8 trailer until the first quarter of 2017, which started a wave of speculation as to when the exact date may be. Some believe the trailer will arrive during this year's Super Bowl, while others believe it will be attached to prints of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, in theaters March 17. Regardless of when it arrives, it seems that legendary composer John Williams may have started composing songs for the trailer.
The Scoring Sessions Twitter account, which reports on and covers scoring sessions, revealed that John Williams has started composing the score for Star Wars 8 today, on the Sony Pictures lot in Los Angeles. It was also revealed that the "bulk of the scoring" will take place in the spring, which has lead some to speculate if the composer is putting together music for the trailer, before tackling the rest of the music for this sequel.
Back in August, John Williams revealed during an appearance at the Boston Pops that he would watch the first cut of Star Wars 8 in September, before he begins composing the score. He never gave an exact date during his Boston Pops appearance, but it was believed that he would begin scoring in September, at the time. While his scoring sessions may have been delayed, there is still more than enough time, with Disney and LucasFilm releasing this highly-anticipated sequel almost exactly one year from today, December 15, 2017.
There had previously been rumors that the legendary composer did not want to return for Star Wars 8, but it was later confirmed that he is not only returning for Star Wars 8, but that he'll also compose the score for Indiana Jones 5. John Williams revealed in August that he decided to come back because he was so impressed with Daisy Ridley's performance as Rey, that he didn't want another composer to handle her scenes. Going off those comments, it seems likely that John Williams will also return for Star Wars 9, arriving in 2019, but we won't know for sure for quite some time.
LucasFilm has yet to reveal any specific plot details for Star Wars: Episode VIII at this time, but, just like in the lead-up to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens release, there are no shortage of plot rumors. One thing we do know for sure is that the movie starts immediately where Star Wars: The Force Awakens left off, with Rey meeting Luke Sykwalker for the first time, handing him his lightsaber. There are rumors that Rey will begin her Jedi training with Luke Skywalker in this movie. It has been rumored that she will then abandon her training to try and save Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), who have reportedly been captured by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) as a trap, to lure Rey out of hiding. Take a look at Scoring Sessions' tweet below, as we wait for more on Star Wars 8.
John Williams starts recording music for STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII at Sony today. The bulk of scoring will be in the spring.— ScoringSessions.com (@scoringsessions) December 13, 2016