New 'Star Wars' Films to Feature John Williams Scores

Oscar-winning composer will return to sci-fi franchise

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Academy Award winning composer John Williams has confirmed that he will return to score the next installment of the Star Wars saga, reports the BBC. J.J. Abrams, who is directing the first film in the next trilogy, had previously hinted that Williams would be involved.

Williams scored all six previous films in the Star Wars franchise, and hinted that the new film could feature music audiences are already familiar with. "I haven't seen the script, so the story is still unknown to me, but I can't image there will not be some references to the existing stories that would make appropriate use of some of the earlier themes."

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Williams' return was announced by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy at Celebrate Europe, a Star Wars fan event in Germany. 

"Every time I hear John's music, it just gives me the chills. It's so important to the saga. We're all really excited that he's a part of this," she said. 

Star Wars: Episode VII will be the first of a new trilogy in the film's franchise. Abrams will direct the movie, which is set for release in 2015, with new installments, including stand-alone films, possibly arriving every summer after.