For just the 2nd time in the long history of Star Wars, someone other than John Williams will be scoring a Star Wars film. Last year, audiences heard Michael Giacchino‘s work as they watched the rebels steal the plans to the Death Star in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In 2018, they will hear the composing styles of Academy Award-winning composer, John Powell, in the (still) Untitled Han Solo movie.
If you’re unfamiliar with the name, it’s likely that you’ve still heard his work in such movies as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda 1 & 2, Matt Damon‘s Bourne Series, and How to Train Your Dragon 1 & 2, for which he won the Oscar for the prequel.
It’s said that the Untitled Han Solo movie will be scored much in the same way the original Star Wars trilogy were scored, but with Powell’s unique voice. Giving Powell the challenge of making the original Star Wars theme his own is just another way Disney and Lucasfilm have tried to make the Star Wars Stories unique from the Episodes. If Rogue One was any indication for how different it could sound, we shouldn’t have much to fear with Powell in charge.
What’s surprising is that we still don’t have a title for the Han Solo movie. D23 came and went without any updated moniker for a movie that’s still slated to kick off the summer movie season next year. Perhaps all the drama with Phil Lord and Chris Miller stepping down as directors caused a delay in that reveal, but that doesn’t seem likely.
Nevertheless, we should find out in the next couple of months the name for the now Ron Howard-led Han Solo film. A film that comes out May 25, 2018!