Rogue One: A Star Wars Story finds a new composer in Michael Giacchino

Michael Giacchino is replacing Alexandre Desplat for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story originally had Alexandre Desplat (ArgoThe Grand Budapest Hotel) lined up to compose the film.

But according to THR, the recent reshoots for Rogue One led to a scheduling clash for Desplat, making him no longer available and causing Lucasfilm and Disney to start looking for a new composer.

The dilemma ended really nicely though. In a very happy reshuffle, the studios have now hired the brilliant Michael Giacchino to write the film’s score.

Giacchino with his Grammys
Giacchino with his Grammys

Giacchino, whose filmography includes the entirety of Lost, all three of the rebooted Star Trek films, and a handful of Pixar animations, won an Academy Award in 2010 for his work on Up.

He’s also a huge Star Wars fan and actually appeared as a Stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was of course directed by his friend and frequent collaborator JJ Abrams.

It might be strange to have our first live-action Star Wars film without a score written by franchise mainstay John Williams, but we have the utmost confidence that Giacchino will knock it out of the park. His music makes us feel things. 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is in cinemas from 16 December. Get all the latest sci-fi news with every issue of SciFiNow.