Susannah’s Film Facts – Composer for Star Trek Composes for Star Wars: Rogue One

Today I will be bringing late news to you.

Michael Giacchino is composing for Star Wars: Rogue One.

Okay, that’s it, you can leave now. Post over.


Now for those who are really actually interested, thank you, and here are some more details on this very exciting revelation. A post I wrote a while back was about Alexander Desplat composing for Rogue One and the rumors and thoughts thereof. To hear that Desplat would be composing a Star Wars movie was not the most exciting news; I’m not a huge fan at all of Desplat and I can’t even think of a track composed by him that I actually like. And to think of someone else besides Williams composing a Star Wars movie? Unheard of. But I was interested to hear Desplat’s Star Wars style and how well he would stick to the traditional themes. And then, of course, to feistily contrast and compare Desplat’s score with John Willams’s.

But then some reshooting of Rogue One messed up the whole scoring schedule. This forced Desplat to become unavailable and so Disney finally decided to hire Giacchino.

Even before Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out, I was mulling over which composers could take John Williams’s place, if, for some horrible, incoherent reason, John Williams wasn’t going to compose for Episode VII. Michael Giacchino was the one composer I came up with that I wouldn’t mind having compose for a Star Wars movie as he had already been working with J. J. Abrams in composing for the new Star Trek movies, which soundtrack has a very similar style already to Star Wars. Plus, it could be a possible way to unite the Trekkies and Star Wars fans — hey, easy. I’m a fan of both, okay? It’s possible. (But Star Wars is better. )

So, needless to say, I was excited to hear that Giacchino would be composing for Star Wars: Rogue One and I personally think he’s a much better choice. He is my fourth favorite composer (I have my list) because of his exhilerating style and variety. Besides the Star Trek films, he also composed for Ratatouille, The Incredibles, Inside Out, Cars 2, Up, A.K.A. a lot of Pixar stuff as well as Jurassic World and Tomorrowland. He will also be composing for Doctor Strange, which I’m excited about, and fun fact: He’s a fan of Star Wars and appeared as a stormtrooper in The Force Awakens. He also has a Twitter account with the bio: “Nerd composer who sometimes composes for Nerds.” YES.

And if you’re still wondering, John Williams IS on for composing Star Wars Episode VIII. Never fear. As long as Williams is alive, NO ONE is taking over his job in composing for the main Star Wars saga. If someone does, I’ll see to it myself. But who’s gonna listen to some random riled nerd? I didn’t think so.


Okay, your thoughts. Desplat or Giacchino? If you like Desplat better than Williams for some strange reason, you should go 1) rethink your life or 2) listen and compare the two artists’ scores again and rethink your opinion. Okay, I’m not here to tell you what to think, which begs the question: What do you think?

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