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J.J. Abrams has a strong working relationship with composer Michael Giacchino, who scored all of his projects from Alias and Lost up through Super 8 and Star Trek Into Darkness. Some had wondered whether the director would turn to Giacchino for Star Wars: Episode VII, but Abrams put those fears to rest at a Star Trek Into Darkness press conference in Berlin.
“Michael Giacchino is an incredible composer, who I was lucky enough to begin working with on Alias,” Abrams said. “He’s truly one of the most influential members of our crew, and I think this [Star Trek Into Darkness] score, he really outdid himself. Again, for Star Wars, it’s very early days, but I believe that, going forward, John Williams will be doing that film, because he was there long before I was.”
It’s comforting to know Abrams is willing to turn to the original generation of Star Wars creators when it comes to making that project. There have already been rumors galore that the original three actors — Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford — will return in the new movie, as well as speculation that poster designer Drew Struzan will be back as well. Thus far there hasn’t been any official confirmations about any casting.
Disney recently revealed that a new Star Wars movie will come out every summer up through 2019. Star Wars: Episode VII, VIII and IX will be released in 2015, 2017 and 2019 respectively, while two spinoff movies will be released in 2016 and 2018. Unconfirmed reports say one spinoff will be about young Han Solo and the other will be about Boba Fett.
Abrams is directing Episode VII off a script by Michael Arndt. Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are working on the two spinoffs.