With the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, we have a couple firsts on our hands. Rogue One marks the beginning of Disney’s Star Wars Anthology series of films which take place outside the continuity of the ever-grwoing linear Star Wars saga that Disney hopes to continue until the end of time. The next film in the “anthology” series will be the young Han Solo film planned for 2018.
Of course, with plans to continue the Star Wars movies for at least another couple hundred years, Disney has a problem on their hands: how can John Williams keep scoring the films? So with the first anthology film, we have another first on our hands — the first Star Wars film not scored by John Williams.
Alexandre Desplat, who originally worked with Rogue One director Gareth Edwards on Godzilla, was originally attached to the project, but reshoots led to a scheduling conflict, leading Desplat to drop out and Michael Giacchino to step up.
With a year of scores that included Zootopia, Star Trek Beyond, and Doctor Strange, Rogue One seemed like a perfect conclusion for Giacchino. And while many aren’t ecstatic over a Star Wars film without Williams’ score, there’s no denying that Giacchino did an incredible job. The score recycles many iconic motifs from Williams while also offering just enough of a difference to give us something fresh with these new anthology movies.
Check out some highlights from Giacchino’s Rogue One score below and then stream all the tracks from DisneyMusicVEVO.