Notably absent from the first stand alone, Rogue One, Williams will compose the theme while John Powell (How to Train Your Dragon and the Bourne franchise) has been composing the bulk of the score and themes. It was not that there was anything wrong with the work of composer Michael Ciacchino on Rogue One. It’s just that Williams has been with Star Wars since the beginning, to have him not involved felt like your favorite uncle was not coming to Christmas dinner.
While most of the film’s score will be composed by Powell he has the full support of the veteran composer.
“His assignment is something I’m very happy about,” Williams adds. “What I will do is offer this to John, and to [director] Ron Howard, and if all parties are happy with it, then I will be happy. … John [Powell] will complete the score. He will write all the rest of the themes and all of the other material, which I’m going to be very anxious to hear.”