John Williams Returns to Star Wars for Obi-Wan Kenobi!!

In this video I want to share with you 5 reasons why the return of John Williams to the world of Star Wars is HUGE and has more implications than you think!

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Variety broke the news that Disney has contracted famous composer John Williams to write and direct the main theme of the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney Plus. He recorded the music in the second week of February in Los Angeles under tight security, according to sources.

Why is this HUGE for Star Wars?

1. John Williams was done with Star Wars. After working six to eight months on the score for the ninth movie of the Skywalker Saga, The Rise of Skywalker, John William said that he liked the idea of completing his cycle at number nine with a wink to Beethoven, who composed nine symphonies. Disney seemed to take a different direction with the music for The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett when they hired Swedish composer Ludwig Göransson to score the series. And even though many liked his music, it didn’t have the sparkle of the movie soundtracks most fans loved. Bringing back John Williams connects this series much more to the existing movies than with the new TV series, and this may indicate that the series will have more of a cinematic, epic character than the other TV series so far.

2. Unlike princess Leia, Yoda and the Emperor, Obi-Wan Kenobi didn’t yet have his own theme. Even Darth Vader has the Imperial March, Luke is often associated with the Force theme, and John Williams composed a rousing theme for the Solo movie for our favorite scoundrel. But not Obi-Wan. It wasn’t right, like a Wookiee without a medal. Since Obi-Wan is such a pivotal character for the Star Wars Saga, he deserves nothing less.

3. This may also indicate that the rest of the soundtrack will also have a more classic style to it. Even though the composer for the rest of the series hasn’t been announced yet, I wouldn’t be surprised it they’d go with someone like John Powell, who did a terrific job on the Solo movie.

4. We know that Darth Vader will have a big role in the series, so we are bound to hear the Imperial March again. And since we know that there will be another epic confrontation or rematch between Obi-Wan and his former Padawan, you need a strong musical theme that can counterbalance the Force of Vader’s musical presence in that possible climactic lightsaber battle. And it may also be fitting to bring back some other beloved themes, like Leia’s theme, the Force theme and who knows: maybe even the Emperor’s theme if the galactic ruler himself decides to show up.

5. Even though John Williams recently said that he may be done composing movie scores after his work on the upcoming Indiana Jones movie, he may still be composing more Star Wars related music for television. In an interview with the Violin Channel, John Williams says ““I don’t particularly want to do films anymore. Six months of life at my age is a long time. I’m much happier, as I have been during this Covid time, working with an artist and making the music the best you can possibly make it in your hands.” Would you want him to return for Andor or Ahsoka, the Acolyte or Lando? Or would you rather see new composers taking over from John Williams? Let me know in the comments!

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