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Rogue One Composer Replaced Only 3 Months From Release

Star Destroyer hovering over city in Rogue One - Michael Giacchino Tapped as New Rogue One Composer

Michael Giacchino replaces Alexander Desplat As the Rogue One Composer.

Due to the reportedly extensive Star Wars Rogue One reshoots that took place over the summer, creating an epic film score for a classic American sci-fi series that has spanned decades and won countless awards no longer fits into Alexandre Desplat’s busy schedule. But luckily for fans, Michael Giacchino, composer of the new Star Trek, Jurassic World, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes soundtracks, is stepping up to the plate.

This is not the Rogue One Composer you’re looking for…

In addition to being a talented composer with a long list of fantastic movie scores to back him up, Giacchino is also a dedicated sci-fi fan and loves the Star Wars franchise in particular. Being buddies with J.J. Abrams definitely has its perks when with a quick phone call, you can land a role playing a storm trooper in The Force Awakens!


Giacchino is reportedly one of the two stormtroopers who bring Poe to Kylo Ren after the Jakku battle.

Giacchino’s Extensive History Writing Sci-Fi Soundtracks:

Giacchino’s past sci-fi film scores include teenage superhero film Sky High, Civil War vet/princess rescuer John Carter, sci-fi television series Fringe, JJ Abram’s amateur zombie film turned found footage alien adventure Super 8,  the 2010 re-imaging of Swedish horror film Let Me In, The Incredibles and Tomorrowland for Brad Bird and countless others.

In the last few years, Giacchino worked with Disney and Pixar on other animated and live action films, including Up, for which he won an Oscar. Additionally, Giacchino is behind the aural magic in Marvel’s new Doctor Strange, which hits theaters November 4, 2016.

The Man, the Myth, the Legend; John Williams.

Though obviously a talented maestro, Giacchino has some pretty big shoes to fill. John Williams, composer of all Star Wars films to date, has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, and 22 Grammy Awards. Williams created the soundtrack to generations of nerd childhoods and is only beat by Walt Disney in the total amount of Academy Award nominations (59 to 50). In 2005, the American Film Institute picked the score of Star Wars A New Hope as the greatest American film score of all time. Along with Young Frankenstein, the soundtrack to Star Wars was also added by the Library of Congress into the National Recording Registry, for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Rogue One will mark the first film in the Star Wars franchise to be scored by someone other than Williams, who says he will return to score Star Wars 8: I told Kathy Kennedy I’m happy to do it, but the real reason is, I didn’t want anybody else writing music for Daisy Ridley.

In the meantime, the greatest composer of our time is working on scoring Ready Player One, and the next Indiana Jones film.

Featured Image: Lucasfilm / Disney

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