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Alexandre Desplat to Score “Star Wars” Spin-off

So, in case you’re not in on all the latest star wars news, let’s give you a quick punch to the gut update: forget about the main Star Wars films, Gareth Edwards is directing the first Star Wars spin off, and it’ll be called Star Wars: Rouge One. Now that you’re all up to speed, let’s drop another bomb. Empire announced that composerĀ Alexandre Desplat has been officially connected to the spinoff to a film we haven’t seen yet. The nature of his connection? Uhm, he’s a composer. Probably could have said that right off the bat.

Anyway, Desplat will probably ring a bell after taking home an Academy Award for Best Score for his work on Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel. That may make it sound as though he’s a weird choice for concocting an operatic space fanfare, but trust me… Desplat’s got moves. The composer has worked with Gareth Edwards before on the patently dark Godzilla reboot. Along with work that Desplat did on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – that’s both parts, folks – he has a pretty well rounded resume. This is a vital skill for any Star Wars film, which is mostly intensive but requires a fare dose of introspection. With that in mind, Desplat sounds like a pretty safe bet.
The composer has also mentioned before how influential John Williams‘ work has been on his own work, so he’ll likely be concocting a very innovative score but from a baseline that is very faithful to the original Trilogy. We hope.

Even though we don’t know anything about the spinoff – or the film it’s spinning off from, really – from the title Rogue One it’s a safe bet that there’ll be some fighting and fighting to the extreme. If that’s the case, it’ll be exciting to see how Desplat reflects it on the score sheet.

Force Awakens is out on 18th December 2015, while Rogue One will be a year later on 16th December 2015.