Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a movie that we fully expect to have an amazing musical score in following with the whole Star Wars franchise. It’s very interesting then that news has arrived that, following the recent reshoots, the original composer has now been replaced.
Alexandre Desplat was originally attached to Rogue One as the composer. He is very well known having scored movies such as Grand Budapest Hotel, Zero Dark Thirty, The imitation Game and The Danish Girl. He has now stepped down from the movie and has been replaced by Michael Giacchino.
Giacchino is known for composing the score to several Disney Pixar films such as The Incredibles and Inside Out but also more action based films like Star Trek Beyond, Jurassic World and this year’s Doctor Strange. He has been brought onto Rogue One in full as he has a very good working history already with Disney, who own Lucasfilm. A little fun fact for Star Wars fans, Giacchino actually appeared as a stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so he’s clearly a Star Wars fan.
The decision to replace Desplat wasn’t a bad one or one made for political reasons, it’s quite simply that after the reshoots the calendar for Rogue One shifted slightly and, unfortunately, Desplat had to step down due to scheduling conflicts. But I am very confident in Giacchino, his list of work in very impressive and I think he’s going to do an amazing job. He will also now be the very first composer to work on a Star Wars film who isn’t John Williams.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will make it’s way onto UK screens on 16th December 2016.