It’s official: Five-time Oscar-winner John Williams is returning to score J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII.
Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, announced the news on Saturday at Star Wars Celebration Europe convention, a Star Wars fan gathering in Essen, Germany. Williams himself can be seen discussing the news in the video below, which Kennedy played for fans shortly after her announcement.
“I’m just happy to be continuing to be part of the whole fun of doing it,” Williams said. And though most of us regular folks are dying for any Episode VII plot details, Williams says he prefers to remain in the dark about the film’s storyline. “I would always prefer not to read scripts and not to hear stories and look at cue cards and so on, and wait for the moment of discovery with the audience of the film itself,” he said. “So I’m as surprised as they are and I know where to put the surprise button, you know, having not been prepared by a script.”
Williams also praises both Kennedy and director J.J. Abrams. “You couldn’t find better candidates for this opportunity,” he said.
Kennedy also revealed at the Germany convention that the studio will take a minimal-CGI approach for the new film in an effort to mimic how earlier Star Wars movies were shot. Episodes I, II and III received criticism from fans for using too much CGI, and this time around, Lucasfilm will go back to its roots and use tangible artwork in combination with CG effects.
“The conversation we’re having all the time now about Episode VII is how much CGI,” she said. “We’re looking at what the early Star Wars films did; they used real locations with special effects. So [for Episode VII] we’re going to find some very cool locations, [and] we’re going to end up using every single tool in the toolbox.”
Star Wars: Episode VII begins filming in the U.K. next year and is slated to hit theaters in 2015.
(Via The Guardian)