Alexandre Desplat, Oscar-Winning Composer, Chosen For ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’

Alexandre Desplat has been picked as the composer for Star Wars: Rogue One, and for the first time in history, John Williams will not be involved with the music of a Star Wars film.

The announcement of Rogue One’s title was just revealed recently along with the release date for Star Wars Episode VIII, although not much else is known about either film yet. There is also a separate untitled spin-off film, and both spin-off films have been rumored to be about the origin stories of Princess Leia and Han Solo.

While his name may not be as known as someone like John Williams or Hans Zimmer, Alexandre Desplat has scored numerous films and has also won several awards for his work as a composer.

Alexandre Desplat did the score for two Oscar nominated films from 2014 and won the award for one of them, The Grand Budapest Hotel. He has also done the score for The Imitation Game, Unbroken, Godzilla, and The Monuments Men, and that was just in the past year.

The news of his involvement in Star Wars: Rogue One was revealed during an interview with Radio Classique’s Culture Club, and the project will also reunite with him with director Gareth Edwards, after previously working with him on Godzilla.

Star Wars: Rogue One will be a standalone film in the Star Wars franchise and has a release date set for December 16, 2016. Meanwhile, Star Wars Episode VIII is set for release on May 26th, 2017.

Star Wars Episode VII is the next film to be released, and will see the return of John Williams as composer. The film is directed by JJ Abrams and features the cast from the original trilogy, along with newcomers such as Adam Driver.

Alexandre Desplat’s music has proven to be effective with many films before, and if John Williams is not the one, perhaps he is the best replacement.

Tell US: Is Alexandre Desplat the right choice to score Star Wars: Rogue One, or should they have someone else do it?

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