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Composer John Williams to Write Theme for ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

”John Powell is going to write the score, which he’ll do brilliantly,“ says the Oscar winner

Veteran composer John Williams is set to write the theme for the Han Solo spinoff “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

“The present plan is that I’m writing a theme for Han Solo, and John Powell is going to write the score, which he’ll do brilliantly,” Williams told Variety. “Solo” will be Williams’ ninth assignment.

“(Powell’s) assignment is something I’m very happy about,” Williams added. “What I will do is offer this to John, and to [director] Ron Howard, and if all parties are happy with it, then I will be happy. … John [Powell] will complete the score. He will write all the rest of the themes and all of the other material, which I’m going to be very anxious to hear.”

“Solo” is Williams’ ninth assignment with the “Star Wars” franchise. The legendary composer has written the complete scores for all eight of the “Star Wars” saga films, winning an Oscar for the 1977’s “A New Hope” and receiving nominations for three of the other seven. Michael Giacchino scored 2016’s “Star Wars” standalone, “Rogue One.”

The American Film Institute named Williams’ score to “Star Wars” as America’s greatest score of all time, and the film’s soundtrack was preserved in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” opens in theaters on May 25, 2018.