In a surprising move, Michael Giacchino has been brought on to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as the composer, replacing the already announced Alexandre Desplat.
Desplat has been forced to drop out of the project following the reshoots for the film, essentially affecting the schedule in which he would have to compose and rendering him unavailable for the project. Desplat previously worked with Rogue One director Gareth Edwards on his last project, 2014’s Godzilla reboot. Desplat won an Academy Award for his score to The Grand Budapest Hotel, and has been nominated seven other times for films such as Argo, The King’s Speech and The Imitation Game.
Michael Giacchino has also won an Academy Award for his work on Up, and was nominated for his Ratatouille score. Giacchino is also recognised for his work on the recent Star Trek trilogy where he worked with his frequent collaborator JJ Abrams, who also recently entered the Star Wars family after directing last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Giacchino is also a collaborator with Disney, having scored several other Pixar films including The Incredibles and Inside Out, Disney’s own Zootropolis, and the upcoming Marvel blockbuster Doctor Strange.
While losing Alexandre Desplat could have been a big loss for Rogue One, which has the tough task of being the first major Star Wars film to not have the great John Williams composing, Michael Giacchino should prove a fantastic replacement as his previous work shows.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set for release on 16th December.