At Star Wars Celebration Europe, an event held this weekend in Berlin, Germany, the president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, confirmed that the composer who soundtracked the first six Star Wars films will provide the music for the next installment of the saga, Star Wars: Episode VII, from Disney.
John Williams, the composer behind the unmistakable Star Wars Theme and Imperial March, can now be counted among the contributors to the "original" Star Wars trilogy who will participate in the upcoming episode, to be directed by J.J. Abrams. Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Carrie Fisher (Princesse Leïa) have already confirmed their involvement.
Casting for the film's main roles has yet to be finalized, but Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron are rumored to have been approached to star in the new film.
Production on Star Wars: Episode VII is expected to begin in late 2013, with release in theaters planned for 2015.
An accomplished composer, John Williams is also known for music he contributed to Jaws, the Indiana Jones films, E.T., and more recently, Lincoln.
Watch a video with John Williams' commentary on scoring Star Wars: Episode VII: youtu.be/kQ4jZr1w0AI