John Williams Confirmed to Score Star Wars Episode VII and Beyond

The familiar strings of John Williams’ iconic Star Wars theme song is one of the first things that come to mind when people think about George Lucas’ classic sci-fi franchise. Williams has a knack for writing catchy, memorable themes. His works include the music for Jaws, the Indiana Jones series, Superman: The Movie and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. At 81, Williams has won five Academy awards and has been nominated for several more. Now he’s returning to the Star Wars universe again to add his style of evocative background music, as he once did with tunes such as The Imperial March for Darth Vader and Yoda’s Theme.

In an interview at Star Wars: Celebration Europe in Essen, Germany, yesterday, Williams said, “I look forward to returning to a galaxy far, far away. I actually feel like I never left it. I’m happy to be a continuing part of the Star Wars saga and the joy in the journey of discovery that awaits us all.”

Star Wars: Episode VII is schedules for release in 2015.