John Williams back on board for Solo: A Star Wars Story

Just announced: Star Wars score creator, John Williams, will be returning to compose a theme for the upcoming anthology film, Solo: A Star Wars Story!!

John Williams, composer for all Star Wars saga films so far and creator of such famous other scores as Jurrasic Park, Superman, Schindler’s List, and many other, has just been confirmed to be returning for a special spot in Solo: A Star Wars Story, according to a recent interview by Variety.

Williams revealed his involvement in “Solo: A Star Wars Story” during in an interview with Variety about his current “Star Wars” opus, “The Last Jedi.” “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,” Williams says.

Powell was announced as the primary composer for “Solo” back in July. “His assignment is something I’m very happy about,” Williams adds. “What I will do is offer this to John, and to [director] Ron Howard, and if all parties are happy with it, then I will be happy. … John [Powell] will complete the score. He will write all the rest of the themes and all of the other material, which I’m going to be very anxious to hear.” (Source)

I, for one, am very excited to hear this news! John Williams is one of my all-times favorite composers, and it was his world-famous scores for Star Wars that first started me in my obsession with the filmscore and “epic” music genres, but form a whole special corner of my fandom now. Although I was interested for Solo, and to see what John Powell would do with the score for it, especially since I do love the sound of his scores from the How to Train Your Dragon series (though I’ve never even seen the movies themselves), I must admit that I’ve been rather uninterested in it so far, and this announcement has majorly impacted my excitement for the upcoming anthology film. For some reason, Solo has not struck me as a necessary installment to the Star Wars film series so far (which I think is largely due to all the excitement over The Last Jedi and the final season of Star Wars Rebels) but I do sincerely hope to be proven totally wrong, and I think this announcement is the first step to making me really excited for this film.

SoloA Star Wars Story will star Alden Ehrenreich as smuggler Han Solo, Donald Glover as fellow-scoundrel Lando Calrissian, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, as well as Emilia Clarke of Game of Thrones fame in an as-of-yet unknown role. This cast will also be joined by Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Woody Harrelson (well-known by his role as Haymitch Abernathy from the Hunger Games series), and Paul Bettany (who I and many other fans know as android Vision from the Avengers franchise). Solo is written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, and directed by Ron Howard.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is set for release in May of 2018.

This article was written by Shay S., Creator, Chief Editor, and Podcast Host for The Elven Padawan, and first appeared on


8 thoughts on “John Williams back on board for Solo: A Star Wars Story

  1. Yaaayy!!! I’m so glad there’ll be *something* else familiar about this new movie! That’s so cool that he gets a special spot in the movie! I agree, this does seem like a slightly off-topic type of film, but I guess Han fans are excited! I’ve never heard any of John Powell’s scores, but I’ll have to check them out.

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  2. You’ve never seen How to Train Your Dragon? Really? Whoa…

    Did you like the songs for the films done by Jonsi? They’re very, very good. There’s another one called “The Dancing and the Dreaming” for How to Train Your Dragon 2 which I like a lot as well.

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    1. I know, I know… I’ve been told so many times that I need to watch them, and I do want to, as celtic-ish/epic style of the music is pretty much my favorite sound, and I really love the creature design for Toothless, but just have never gotten around to it for some reason…

      I’m actually listening to the soundtrack for the movies as I type this, and to be completely honest, Jonsi’s style isn’t really my favorite… :/

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      1. They’re very good films – when you get the chance to view them, I think you’ll like them. If you’re into Celtic music, you may want to try some of the songs put out by Celtic Woman and Enya. Of course, Enya did a couple of songs for the LOTR films, so you probably already know her. (She does really good work!) I love listening to her a lot.

        Hmm, maybe Jonsi’s songs sound better when you see the scenes in the films where they’re played….

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        1. I actually do listen to music by Enya and Celtic Women often! I also really enjoy Chloe’s voice, though she’s branched out from Celtic Women now, I believe… And Peter Hollens’s LOTR music is amazing too, I especially love his rendition of Durin’s Song. 🙂

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          1. Cool! 😀 I don’t follow Celtic Woman very closely – I don’t know most of their names. My favorites by Celtic Woman are Teir Abhaile Riu The Sky and the Dawn and the Sun, and Nil Se’n La. Did you see Enya’s latest album, Dark Sky Island? So far I like Echoes in Rain and The Humming best from that one.

            Durin’s Song, Durin’s Song – which one is that? I keep wanting to put it with The Hobbit films, not LOTR, but that’s because I don’t know most of the LOTR songs and themes.

            Just out of curiosity, do you know when Rebels is supposed to return? I tried to find the date but came up with two different answers: January and May. Which one is right – or are they both wrong?

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            1. I actually don’t follow them super closely myself, I just happen to know Chloe because she had her own album that kept popping up on my Pandora station. Celtic Women seems to change their group up so much I can’t keep up with who’s who.
              I have heard some things from her latest album, and I’m really enjoying it! I haven’t had a chance to just listen through the whole thing yet, but the several I’ve heard are good. I can’t remember which album it’s from, but I love her version of “How Can I Keep From Singing?”; it just reminds me of a LOTR song for some reason. 😀

              Durin’s Song isn’t in any of the movies, but there’s a good reason for why you want to put it with The Hobbit. It’s the song Gimli recites for the Fellowship when they first get to Moria in the books. It’s basically a brief history of Durin, who is considered the Father of the Dwarves. 😀

              Actually, we’re still waiting on that info. They said “early 2018”, and Tracy Cannobbio (LucasFilm’s publicist) has been teasing it quite a bit on Twitter lately, saying that we only have a very short wait to go before we get more info on it, but so far, nothing official has dropped. I’m checking Google every day anyway, just to see if anything has leaked, but so far I haven’t seen anything I think is reliable. We thought the return date or possibly a mid-season trailer would be released on The Star Wars Show yesterday, but apparently they’re still on break too, as no new episode was uploaded. I’m thinking we’ll hear about it any day now, but the suspense is really starting to get to me!
              My personal guess is that it’ll come back early February or maybe even somewhere later in this month… It seems as though they’re trying to time it very carefully with Solo, which will be out in May, so I have to wonder if there’s a big reason for that (after the Rebels connections we got in Rogue One, I’m really hoping for some more tie-ins in Solo).

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              1. Wow – I didn’t know their band’s numbers were so fluid! “How Can I Keep from Singing” is one of Enya’s best works, but there’s another one from her album “Watermark” which sounds (to me) like it’s from LOTR. That one is “The Longships.” Longships were the vessels used by the Norsemen when they raided Ireland and Europe; she sings it in Gaelic, so I would need a translation to understand the story of the song, but I don’t have one with me right now. Another song she did – this one is part of her album “Shepherd Moons” – is called “Lothlorien.” It’s not particularly like LOTR music but it is beautiful, in its own way. Hey, do you listen to Francesca Battistelli?

                Now that you mention it, I think I remember Durin’s Song from the book. I should go back and read that section, though, so I remember it better. I love the scenes in An Unexpected Journey where they sing songs straight from The Hobbit. “Blunt the Knives” is really, really good!

                Well, if Lucasfilm wants to hold in suspense on Rebels, then my post on Sunday can go ahead as planned. Thanks for trying to find the return date for the final season. I appreciate your taking the time to look it up again on my behalf. It would make sense if they held out until February or even May, though that last one seems to be a bit of a stretch.
                A good way to lessen your suspense is to work really hard at something else or immerse yourself in a different part of the franchise (that’s how I’ve stayed sane between Cap’s and the Avengers’ films). It’s really hard at first and it doesn’t necessarily keep your mind off what you’re waiting for, but it does help. 🙂

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