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Alexandre Desplat confirmed on French radio today that he will score Star Wars: Rogue One, the 2016 standalone movie being made by Gareth Edwards.  It’s been a few years since I posted a news story… this one felt worth it.

Alexandre Desplat

Alexandre Desplat

Obviously I wish John Williams could do it… but he’s 83 so being realistic about it, this is the next most wonderful news considering the direction they could have gone.  Ever since Edwards was announced as the director I’ve been hoping he would be able to continue his collaboration with Desplat, for whom 2014 provided ample evidence of the breadth of his talents with a succession of wonderful scores.  He’s the real deal, the best film composer to come along in a generation.

The entire staff here at Movie Wave is very excited. | |


  1. Jockolantern (Reply) on Monday 16 March, 2015 at 01:20

    This news. Oh man, this news. I’m so happy to see it will be Desplat continuing his relationship with director Edwards. If anyone can bring a fresh spin on Williams’ legacy, it will be Desplat. He did a fantastic job of filling big shoes with the final two Harry Potter films (a task which Doyle only partially managed and which Hooper botched) and I’m sure he will do an equally wonderful job filling those shoes once more with this first Star Wars spinoff feature. Can’t wait to hear what he comes up with!

  2. Mike (Reply) on Monday 16 March, 2015 at 02:41

    Not thrilled, but not irritated either. Better than Zimmer or Powell or anything…but based on Harry Potter, Godzilla, and Desplats other music I’m…. cautiously wary?

    Much rather have McNeely- Shadows of the Empire was great!

  3. Edmund Meinerts (Reply) on Monday 16 March, 2015 at 09:15

    Better than Powell? Seriously? I would MURDER to hear a Powell Star Wars score. He’d be one of my absolute top choices, way before Desplat.

  4. Mike (Reply) on Monday 16 March, 2015 at 13:50

    I like Powell. I loved Kung Fu Panda 2 (one of the best action scores I’ve heard in years) and Paycheck is a blast….but I never got the fuss over the Dragon scores. I can’t picture him doing Star Wars and making it work.

  5. MarkusW (Reply) on Monday 16 March, 2015 at 18:21

    Best possible choice!!!

  6. mastadge (Reply) on Monday 16 March, 2015 at 22:11

    Yeah, but Powell doesn’t like working on movies that glorify violence and by now he’s got enough clout that he can choose not to pick up such projects.

  7. Mike (Reply) on Tuesday 17 March, 2015 at 23:23

    When did Powell decide to not do violent films? Kung Fu Panda, Paycheck, Hancock,X Men 3, Bourne..even the Dragon films are not un-violent.

  8. mastadge (Reply) on Wednesday 18 March, 2015 at 11:39

    He’s talked in interviews, as I recall, about how he doesn’t like to do films that glorify violence. That’s not the same as films without violence. For instance, while HTTYD is certainly a violent film, the protagonist eschews the violent ways of his people and everyone comes out the better for it. Kung Fu Panda is about Po making peace with himself, not about him becoming the bad-ass-est Kung Fu fighter.

  9. Mike (Reply) on Wednesday 18 March, 2015 at 13:05

    I think any film that makes fighting look “cool” is glorifying violence. Kids don’t walk away from Kung Fu Panda pretending to find inner peace, they come away doing kicks and karate.

    I guess Powell and I will have to disagree. LOL. We’re getting away from the topic anyways.

    What’s Peter Bernstein doing these days? His Ewok scores were fun.

  10. tiago (Reply) on Tuesday 24 March, 2015 at 00:34

    Aside from Desplat scoring SW: Rogue One, the Episode VII will be recorded on Los Angeles, so it won’t be performed by the LSO:

    The times are not the same, indeed.