J.J. Abrams Says John Williams Will Score Star Wars Episode VII

By Nick Venable | Published

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John WilliamsAs if this country didn’t already have enough bad blood with Berlin, yesterday the city saw the premiere of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness. (Germany also gets the full theatrical release before us, on May 9.) But I’m not going to hold any national grudges here, because the premiere’s Q&A session with the cast and Abrams was a lot of fun to watch, and dropped an orchestral bomb on fans, albeit one we were patiently waiting for anyway.

When asked if Abrams‘ longtime musical collaborator Michael Giacchino — whose Star Trek Into Darkness score was lauded for a minute or so — Abrams said, with some stammering, “For Star Wars, it’s very early days to know, but I believe that going forward that John Williams will be doing that film, because apparently he was there long before I was.” A cheeky line like that would have gotten a roar at Comic-Con or even a home for the deaf, but not much going on in Berlin by way of uproarious laughter.

This news fits in with Giacchino’s earlier comments that Williams should be the one scoring Episode VII, as well as Williams’ own hopes to work on another Star Wars film.

The full Q&A is on the video posted below, and is worth the watch. The question about the score comes in right at the 7:00 minute mark. Be sure and watch the hilarious little moment that begins at 5:25, as a spectator’s question takes everyone by surprise.

Star Trek Into Darkness will finally hit U.S. theaters on May 17, 2013.

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