The American Film Institute recently honored the work of legendary composer John Williams with a lifetime achievement award. At the red carpet event, Williams confirmed to Variety that he will be working on the score for Star Wars Episode VIII, shooting for which is nearly complete.
“If I can do it, I certainly will. I told Kathy Kennedy I’m happy to do it, but the real reason is, I didn’t want anybody else writing music for Daisy Ridley.” he said.
Director and frequent John Williams collaborator Steven Spielberg also revealed to Scott Mantz of Access Hollywood that the composer will return for the next installment in the Indiana Jones franchise as well.
Star Wars Episode VIII is written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper) and will continue the story that began with last year’s The Force Awakens. Cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis will reprise their roles, while also welcoming Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran. The movie is set for a December 15, 2017 release.
Indiana Jones 5 will see both Spielberg and Harrison Ford return to the franchise, with a script from David Koepp. Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce the movie, which is set for a July 19, 2019 release.