The importance of music in Star Wars cannot be understated. The franchise has one of the most iconic compositions of all time and even people who have never seen a Star Wars movie can likely hum the theme. A lot of this can be credited to John Williams, who has composed all eight of the main Star Wars films. His themes are currently playing in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but he also contributed a little something to Solo: A Star Wars Story. James Powell is composing the score, but Williams revealed that he's working on a theme for the movie, too.
The present plan is that I'm writing a theme for Han Solo, and John Powell is going to write the score, which he'll do brilliantly.
John Williams probably has eternal dibs when it comes to composing a main Star Wars film, and the spin-offs are fair game. Michael Giacchino scored Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and James Powell is composing the score for Solo: A Star Wars Story. However, Powell will be getting a little help from a Star Wars veteran in the form of John Williams. The legendary film composer told Variety that he was writing a theme for the Han Solo-centric prequel, while Powell will be handling everything else music related.
It sounds like John Williams has yet to turn in his contribution to Solo, and revealed that he hopes James Powell and director Ron Howard will be happy with what he wrote. I can't imagine anyone saying to John Williams, "We don't want your Star Wars music, John, but thanks anyway" so it's likely people will be hearing some of Williams' music in Solo.
John Williams has composed the music for eight Star Wars films. He won an Oscar for his work on the original film in 1977, and has been nominated for three of the other seven. Solo will be James Powell's first Star Wars movie, but he has provided the score for a number of films. Powell received an Oscar nomination for his score for the animated How to Train your Dragon. He's also scored a few other animated films, such as Rio, Happy Feet, and the recently released Ferdinand. He also scored films in the Bourne franchise.
Solo: A Star Wars Story will tell the origins of fan-favorite Star Wars character, Han Solo. The film will explore his younger years, revealing how he acquired the Millenium Falcon and met Chewbacca. Aiden Ehrenreich stars in the role originated by Harrison Ford and will be joined by Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian.
You'll finally be able to the music for Solo: A Star Wars Story when the movie arrives in theaters on May 25, 2018. To learn more, visit our comprehensive guide about the spin-off.