Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams hinted Monday that Williams would join the project during a Berlin press conference for Abrams’ forthcoming Star Trek Into Darkness. “For Star Wars, it’s very early days, but I believe that, going forward, John Williams will be doing that film because he was there long before I was,” Abrams said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The 81-year-old Williams – who created the original score for Star Wars, including its famous main theme and the infamous “Imperial March” – has stayed involved with big projects, notably contributing music to Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln last year and scoring the first three Harry Potter films.
Abrams joined the Star Wars reboot in January, and Disney – which acquired Star Wars and Lucasfilm last October for more than $4 billion – could be releasing a new Star Wars film every summer beginning in 2015, alternating spin-off entries with with films that follow the main storyline. Original series stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford (Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo, respectively) have expressed interest in returning for the new films. Star Wars: Episode VII is slated for a 2015 release.