J.J. Abrams wants John Williams to score 'Star Wars: Episode VII' instead of Michael Giacchino

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J.J. Abrams has a long working relationship with composer Michael Giacchino, but that will end temporarily when Abrams starts work on "Star Wars: Episode VII." The director has revealed that he expects original "Star Wars" composer John Williams will write the score for the upcoming movie.

"Michael Giacchino is an incredible composer, who I was lucky enough to begin working with on 'Alias,'" Abrams says at a press conference for "Star Trek Into Darkness" in Berlin. "He's truly one of the most influential members of our crew, and I think this ['Star Trek Into Darkness'] score, he really outdid himself. Again, for 'Star Wars,' it's very early days, but I believe that, going forward, John Williams will be doing that film, because he was there long before I was."

Abrams has worked with Giacchino on many of his projects, including "Alias," "Lost," "Star Trek," "Super 8," "Alcatraz," "Fringe" and "Star Trek Into Darkness." Up next Giacchino is scoring the Wachowskis' "Jupiter Ascending" and Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof's "Tomorrowland."

"Star Wars: Episode VII" will be released in summer 2015, with the subsequent sequels coming out in summer 2017 and summer 2019. "Star Wars" spinoff movies will be released in summer 2016 and summer 2018. Michael Arndt is writing the "Star Wars" sequel trilogy, while Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are working on the spinoffs.

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