A Star Wars Legend Is Returning For Obi-Wan Kenobi

A Star Wars legend is coming back to help with Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+. The new series will benefit from his inclusion in the production

By Erika Hanson | Published

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Star Wars is more than a franchise, it’s a lifestyle. And while there are plenty of reasons the long-spanning sci-fi is as iconic as it remains, the unforgettable music strewn throughout a galaxy far far away is quite possibly the most memorable aspect. It’s extremely hard to imagine Star Wars without the venerable composer, John Williams. And if you don’t believe us, try giving the film that started it all a view sans the notable score. In possibly the best news for Star Wars fans since the announcement of Obi-Wan Kenobi getting his own miniseries, Variety just broke the news that legendary Star Wars composer John Williams will once again return to the beloved franchise in the upcoming Disney+ miniseries, Obi-Wan Kenobi.

As per Variety, John Williams will return to the Star Wars franchise to once again work on the signature theme for the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series. A big feat for both Disney and Lucasfilm, the music icon rarely composes for television, as recent Star Wars series like The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett were instead composed by Ludwig Göransson. According to reports, Williams completed the sure-to-be masterpiece recently and recorded the theme last week alongside a Los Angeles orchestra. As exciting as the news is to fans, it’s important to note that Williams will not compose the episode’s scores, and the main composer for the series is yet to be announced.

To speculate, the Obi-Wan Kenobi theme will likely be reminiscent of the music first heard accompanying the titular character four decades ago. As the composer to every major Star Wars film, Williams scored the original Obi-Wan Kenobi leitmotif that accompanied the character’s original star, Alec Guinness. Best known as the music of the “Force”  it’s one of the most iconic pieces strewn sowed throughout the franchise. While we’re sure the theme song will introduce a fresh new masterpiece for the franchise, the tone might resonate and build off the original sound first made famous in the Throne Room scene. On the other hand, the composer might treat viewers to a completely new theme sound, bringing the series further into the future of Star Wars much like Jon Favreau has done.

John Williams is easily the most recognizable name in the film music industry. Other than Star Wars, he is the composer behind other great franchises like Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, and Harry Potter. As a globally recognized musical genius, Williams’ accolades depict his long-stemming success in the industry. With 25 Grammy Award wins and 52 Academy Award nominations, Williams boasts being the second most-nominated individual, after Walt Disney. And other than composing a new song for Obi-Wan Kenobi, the 90-year-olds work schedule is as busy as ever. 

With no signs of slowing down despite recently celebrating 90 revolutions around the sun, Obi-Wan Kenobi isn’t the only project Williams is lending his skills on. He’s also been busy working on music with another long-spanning collaborator, Steven Spielberg. The musician is also set to compose the music for Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical drama The Fabelmans and Indiana Jones 5.

With the excitement around the Obi-Wan Kenobi building up, fans can expect to hear John Williams’ latest coup when the series drops to Disney+ on May 25th. The series will take place ten years after Revenge of the Sith, and will be set once again on Tatooine. As a six-episode miniseries, Ewan McGregor will reprise his role as Obi-Wan, as will Hayden Christianson as Anakin/Darth Vader.

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