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Star Wars: J.J. Abrams thinks John Williams will score ‘Episode VII’

Legendary Star Wars composer set to replace Abrams regular Michael Giacchino.

After working on every major 'Star Wars' film, it looks like legendary composer John Williams might return for 'Star Wars: Episode VII'.

The highly sought-after composer who created the original 'Star Wars' theme has already expressed interest in picking up his conductor's baton for the next 'Star Wars' movie… and with 'Episode VII' just around the corner, I have to admit - it just wouldn't be 'Star Wars' without him. But while some have speculated that Abrams might turn to his long-time musical collaborator, Michael Giacchino, it looks like the man himself is fairly certain who will be scoring the highly-anticipated 'Star Wars: Episode VII'.

During a press conference for the upcoming 'Star Trek Into Darkness', J.J. Abrams revealed that he thinks John Williams will return to work on the next 'Star Wars' movie.

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"For 'Star Wars' it's very early days to know," he explained. "But, going forward, I believe that John Williams will be doing that film because, apparently he was there long before I was."

But while the usually tight-lipped director seems to have let the cat out of the bag, he was quick to remind us that it's still early days for 'Episode VII' and that nothing is guaranteed at this stage.

"Everything is up for grabs," he explains. "Including of course, who will be the composer of the movie - nothing is set in stone yet… we're just starting that process."

While this is an impressive bit of backtracking, it seems that Abrams has somehow managed to go from one of the most secretive filmmakers in the business to an over-excited schoolboy… but then, perhaps that's just the effect of working on a franchise he's been a fan of since he was a lad.

Despite being overlooked for the role of composer on 'Star Wars: Episode VII', Giacchino received high praise from the director for his work on the latest 'Star Trek' film.

"He is brilliant and it's very easy for me to say to him, looking at a scene, okay this scene needs to be about the conflict between these characters - it's got be hopeful but you also have to feel that there's a tension still… you know, I can say all of these ridiculous things and he has to listen and say 'okay' and then go off and come back and present music that invariably not only does that, but so much more."

"He's truly one of the most influential members of our crew and I think this score, he just really outdid himself - especially with the score for Benedict's character… that suite that he wrote was just brilliant."

Of course, Abrams has worked with Michael Giacchino on a vast number of projects including 'Lost', 'Super 8' and both new 'Star Trek' movies. But despite this familiarity, it looks like Abrams is willing to turn to the old hands when it comes to the precious 'Star Wars' franchise… but are there any other familiar names who will work on 'Episode VII'? With George Lucas already involved, it looks as though the old gang might be getting back together sooner than we thought.

Do you think John Williams should score 'Star Wars: Episode VII'? Would it really be 'Star Wars' without him?

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