Now that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is out (and ready to be devoured for the eighth or ninth time), the Star Wars news freighter is starting to look toward Solo: A Star Wars Story. The Ron Howard-directed spin-off film is still set for release on May 25, 2018, and today it has locked in a legendary artist that makes it even more exciting.
Though the score for the film will still be written by John Powell (How to Train Your Dragon), Variety is reporting today that none other than John Williams will write the main theme.
Perhaps the greatest film composer of all time, John Williams' incredible body of work includes every Star Wars film except for last year's Rogue One and the theatrical release of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Those films were scored by Michael Giacchino and Kevin Kiner, respectively -- but their scores relied heavily on previous themes by Williams.
“The present plan is that I’m writing a theme for Han Solo, and John Powell is going to write the score, which he’ll do brilliantly,” Williams says during the interview with Variety. "What I will do is offer this to John, and to Ron Howard, and if all parties are happy with it, then I will be happy ... John will complete the score. He will write all the rest of the themes and all of the other material, which I’m going to be very anxious to hear.”
While he may not be writing the full score, involvement from the master of Star Wars music is most welcome news for this film. Though John Powell is a fantastic composer in his own right (and Michael Giacchino did masterful work with Rogue One), there is no mistaking the Williams touch. His music has been described as the "oxygen" of the Star Wars films, so it will certainly be an asset that new Star Wars actors Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, and Woody Harrelson will have plenty of it to breathe.