John Williams promises we'll hear familiar themes in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Dec 17, 2018, 5:00 PM EST (Updated)

What exactly does legendary composer John Williams have in store for us when his score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens rumbles out of theater speakers?

According to an interview he did with Vanity Fair (via Screenrant), the 83-year-old Williams -- whose music for movies like Jaws, Superman, the Indiana Jones films and, of course, all six previous Star Wars entries is nothing short of iconic -- guarantees that we'll hear some well-loved passages in Chapter VII:

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.

Williams didn't get specific, naturally, but it seems almost certain that he and director J.J. Abrams will start the movie with the traditional and still magnificent main theme. Beyond that, will the "Force Theme" make its return, or will we hear some new variation on the Imperial March for the rechristened First Order? We can only anticipate what favorites we'll hear again, along with what is sure to be majestic new music from the indefatigable Williams.

Speaking of favorites, the Oscar-winning composer was also asked if he had one among the now seven Star Wars scores he has done:

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 will also score Steven Spielberg’s new movie, The BFG, later this year, and will be doing a series of concerts over the summer. Even though he is advancing in age, we hope this brilliant, one-of-a-kind composer is up for a few more Star Wars movies as well.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in theaters Dec. 18, 2015.