Although John Williams won't be scoring "Star Wars: Rogue One" -- the first film in the franchise not to feature his music -- Lucasfilm has confirmed the five-time Oscar winner is still on board for "The Force Awakens."
However, while the other films in the saga were scored at Abbey Road Studios with the London Symphony Orchestra, "The Force Awakens" will be recorded in Los Angeles with a freelance orchestra.
“I’ve had the privilege of working with the very best musicians in both the U.K. and the U.S.,” Williams said in a statement. “The London Symphony Orchestra has consistently performed with great artistry on all six of the prior films in the 'Star Wars' saga, and I will be forever grateful for their commitment and dedication. Equally, it has been my honor to have worked with my brilliant colleagues in Los Angeles, and always appreciate the invaluable contribution they’ve made to my scores and to those of other composers.”
A "minor issue" also kept Williams from "Bridge of Spies," making it the first Steven Spielberg feature in three decades he hasn't scored.
Composer Alexandre Desplat, who whom director Gareth Edwards collaborated on "Godzilla," will work on "Star Wars: Rogue One."
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opens Dec. 18.