While the trailers for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” have so far used bits of John Williams’ iconic score from the original trilogy, many have wondered how much of the master composer’s previous works will make it into his new score for the J.J. Abrams-directed new film. Speaking with Vanity Fair, confirmed that a few scenes will feature ‘thematic pieces’ from the earlier films:
“There are some scenes where we do make reference to earlier thematic pieces. We haven’t done it yet, but we’re planning to do it. It’s something that I think will seem very natural and right in the moments for which we’ve chosen to do these kinds of quotes.
There aren’t many of them, but there are a few that I think are important and will seem very much a part of the fabric of the piece in a positive and constructive way.”
Having composed the six previous “Star Wars” films, Williams was asked if he had a particular favorite piece from any of them that will always stand out to him:
“I really don’t. [Thinks about it for a moment anyway, then laughs] No. I’ve played so many of those pieces in concert over the year, and I think my affection for them, if I can put it that way, is pretty constant thing. If you pressed me, well, you could probably look up the concert programs over the years and say, You favored this one over that one. It’s possible, I don’t know, but I don’t think I can say I have any favorites.”
Williams’ involvement in the franchise beyond ‘Force Awakens’ is unknown at this time. Alexandre Desplat is coming onboard for the first of the spin-off films “Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One”.