You’ll recall that back in the spring, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story undertook some reshoots. The rumor mill churned that this was an attempt by Lucasfilm and Disney to adjust the tone of the film after some negative commentary from within the studio, who, to counter the nerd freak out, said that the reshoots were always part of the plan. Keeping all that in mind, this news will likely tip to the freak out factor as the composer of Rogue One’s score has now been replaced just a couple of months before the film’s release.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Alexandre Desplat has been replaced by Michael Giacchino as the man behind the music of Rogue One, the first live action Wars film that will not be scored by the legendary John Williams. THR‘s sources say that this move is indeed because of the extensive reshoots the production has undergone under Tony Gilroy in order to “clarify story and tonal issues.” The re-editing of the film is apparently so extensive now that Desplat is unavailable to put together the new score, hence Giacchino’s hiring.
While Desplat, who won an Academy Award for composing the music for The Grand Budapest Hotel, has had experience working with Rogue One director Gareth Edwards before, Giacchino is the one who has extensive Disney experience. Not only has Giacchino penned the music for many of the Pixar movies, not to mention the recent Disney hit Zootopia, but he’s also the composer of choice for Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams. Giacchino’s work will next be heard in Marvel Studios’ upcoming blockbuster Doctor Strange, not coincidentally, another Disney film.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be in theaters everywhere on December 18.