One of the things that happens close to the end of a film's post-production is the recording of the score. Star Wars: The Last Jedi has begun making its music and a lot of the cast showed up to watch the event. At this point, John Williams making Star Wars music is an event unto itself. Even those who make the movies get a little excited when it comes time for the master to make his magic. While one would expect director Rian Johnson to be there to oversee the musical score. Mark Hamill and Laura Dern also showed up, just to enjoy the experience.
John Williams is, quite simply, the greatest writer of movie music ever. He's scored some of the most popular films of all time and if his Star Wars music isn't his best, it may very likely be his best known. The opening of all the Star Wars films, save Rogue One, with that epic music playing over the opening text crawl is an iconic part of cinema. If you've never had an opportunity to watch John Williams conduct an orchestra in the performance of his own music, you've missed out. One can only imagine what it's like to watch John Williams do that, but with music that nobody's ever heard before. Laura Dern understood the weight of what she got to see, calling her experience "cinema history."
But just how is the music? None of the folks in attendance gave us a hint as to how the music itself would sound. The closest we got to a description came from Mark Hamill, who said on Twitter that watching John Williams score Star Wars: The Last Jedi gave him goosebumps.
If the score is being recorded, this means that the film is somewhere close to its final version. While music, along with scenes, could still be cut or added between now and the film's December release, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is close enough to done that music is ready for whatever they have. The music will certainly be one of the things we're excited to hear when Star Wars: The Last Jedi is released this December.