Alexandre Desplat will no longer be the first non-John Williams composer to be scoring that galaxy far, far away.
Following extended reshoots on the upcoming (and first) Star Wars anthology blockbuster Rogue One, post-production scheduling has had to shift. One of the ripple effects is that Desplat can no longer work the project into his schedule.
The replacement? Oscar winner Michael Giacchino.
It’s a fitting pinch-hit option on a couple of levels. For one, Giacchino is one of Disney’s go-to composers, having scored several Pixar films (including his Academy Award winning work for Up) and other Disney live action features as well. And then two, Giacchino got his career breakthrough through J.J. Abrams, having scored his TV series’ Alias and Lost along with all of Abrams’ feature films up until, yes, The Force Awakens.
For as bummed as I am to not be hearing what Desplat would do in that universe (his work on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is particularly Williams-esque), Giacchino’s style is tailor made for Star Wars, with natural Williams style flourishes of his own. If it hadn’t been this film he scored, he would’ve composed for one eventually.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is still on track to open worldwide on December 16, 2016.