It’s not as though Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is not used to changes. This past summer, the Star Wars spinoff went through a series of reshoots, with Tony Gilroy providing much of the rewrites to the script. At the time, the film had already completed principal photography, and rumors of 40% of the film were quickly shot down. While reshoots are just a part of any blockbuster tentpole, it has had a bit of a negative impact. In the wake of these reshoots, Oscar-winning composer Alexandre Desplat will no longer be composing the score for the film. But all is not lost as he will be replaced by another Oscar-winning composer, and one who is familiar with Disney and science fiction. A new report says Michael Giacchino will now conduct the score for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
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THR says the prolonged reshoots pushed back the composing calendar, which forced Desplat out of the picture. Desplat conducted the Oscar-nominated scores for The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Argo, and The Imitation Game, and won an Oscar for his score on The Grand Budapest Hotel. In fact, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story would have meant that he would have reunited with director Gareth Edwards. The two had previously worked together on Godzilla.
Disney and Lucasfilm didn’t have to look too far to find a replacement as they signed Giacchino to work on the score. The composer is a familiar face at Pixar having worked on films such as The Incredibles, Inside Out, and Ratatouille, and would win an Oscar for Up. He also conducted the scores for the Star Trek reboots, Tomorrowland, Sky High, John Carter, and more. Let’s not forget his work on the television series LOST. This year, he conducted scores for the amazing Zootopia, and hopefully his work on Doctor Strange will lead to a very memorable Marvel Original Soundtrack. If this resume isn’t enough to convince you that he is up to the task, consider this. He is a self-proclaimed Star Wars fan and even made a cameo in the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So this year is a year of firsts for the composer as Zootopia, Doctor Strange, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story are his first scores for Walt Disney Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm, respectively.
As exciting as a Giacchino-composed Star Wars score sounds, another major change happening this close to the release of the film only adds to the anxiety. But at the same time, Giacchino’s hiring signals to us that Disney and Lucasfilm are sparing no expense finding a high-profile music composer to conduct the score for a major film.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on December 16, 2016.