Star Wars Composer John Williams Asked to Write a Theme for Obi-Wan Kenobi

Posted 2022/04/24 5 0

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Legendary composer John Williams is returning to the Star Wars franchise one more time. His musical scores have become so synonymous with the franchise that any time the composer returns with new music it is noteworthy. Now, news has come out that the composer whose work is so indelibly linked to the Skywalker saga will provide a theme for Obi-Wan Kenobi.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Natalie Holt, the first female to be the composer for a Star Wars project, explained how the legendary composer came on board to do a theme for the show.

Holt explained, “Obi-Wan is a legacy character that John hadn’t written a theme for because he died quite early on in A New Hope. It’s the only legacy character that he hadn’t done. So he spoke to Kathleen Kennedy and said, “I just want to write Benny a theme.” So who can deny him that? And he did, he wrote the Obi theme, and it just embodies the spirit of the show entirely.”

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Holt goes on to describe Williams’ theme, “It’s reflective, and it’s just entirely appropriate. And it distills what the show is about in just the perfect way that John Williams can. It’s wistful, but there’s an element of hope to it. It’s doing something new and I think people are going to be really blown away by it.”

Holt, who previously worked on Loki for Disney+, was thrilled to work with Williams whose music she grew up on. She explained, “Well, I think I’ve just always been a huge Star Wars fan. I watched the original trilogy with my dad when I was five years old. So the music from John Williams basically narrated my childhood: E.T., Raiders, Jurassic Park. So yeah, my starting point was just being a huge fan of the music for the show already. I’m a violinist and I come from an orchestral background, so I’ve been able to do something on an epic scale with these big forces.”

John Williams’ Scores Have Defined the Movies They Were a Part Of

There is no denying that the music of John Williams has become an indelible part of our collective culture. From Star Wars to Jaws and many movies in between, Williams’s scorers have served to bring movies to life in a visceral way.

Spielberg, who once thought the score that Williams came up with for Jaws was a joke even though it has turned into one of the most iconic pieces of music, best explained Williams impact on the movie industry. While introducing Williams for his AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, Spielberg had this to say:

“Without John Williams, bikes don’t fly, nor do brooms in Quidditch matches, nor do men in red capes. There is no Force. Dinosaurs do not walk the earth. We do not wonder, we do not weep, we do not believe.”

Williams has created many iconic pieces of music over the years. And it is entirely possible that the theme for Obi-Wan Kenobi will become just one more such iconic piece.


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