HOLLYWOOD, CA – SEPTEMBER 23: Composer Michael Giacchino speaks at ‘We Have To Go Back: The LOST Concert’ at John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on September 23, 2016, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/Getty Images)
Rogue One wasn’t scored by John Williams, in was in fact, scored by another very accomplished composer, Michael Giacchino. The composer recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly and revealed what went into the process of recording the soundtrack for the film.
Giacchino did reveal, however, that while he is a new composer in the Star Wars cinematic universe, he still leaned heavily on John Williams’ original scores from the Star Wars films for inspiration for Rogue One’s score:
"I’d say the score is 95 percent original but with little moments [of Williams’ classic score] here or there to accent. If I were sitting in that seat and I heard that, it would totally raise the hairs on my neck."
That theme you hear on every trailer released is done by Giacchino and it raises the hairs on my arms every time. Don’t worry diehard Star Wars fans, we are in good hands with Rogue One and Michael Giacchino.