John Williams returns to score 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

05:00 AM, Jul 27, 2013

Composer John Williams will return to the 'Star Wars' universe to score J.J. Abrams' upcoming 'Episode VII.' Frazer Harrison, Getty Images/

Written By by Brian Truitt, USA TODAY

When a new opening crawl begins Star Wars: Episode VII, fans can expect an old and familiar theme.

John Williams, the Oscar-winning composer of the six previous Star Wars films, will return to score the upcoming movie directed by J.J. Abrams. Lucasfilm announced the news at Star Wars: Celebration Europe in Essen, Germany, on Saturday.

I look forward to returning to a galaxy far, far away. I actually feel like I never left it,” Williams said via a prerecorded video at the event. “I’m happy to be a continuing part of the Star Wars saga and the joy in the journey of discovery that awaits us all.”

Williams, 81, who has won five Academy Awards in his career, is best known for scoring such films as Jaws, the Indiana Jones series, Superman, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and many others. He’s also created iconic themes for the Star Wars franchise, such as The Imperial March for Darth Vader, Yoda’s Theme and the iconic main fanfare that first appeared in the original 1977 Star Wars film.

Episode VII is due in theaters in 2015.