Fans attending Star Wars Celebration this weekend in Essen, Germany heard the news first from Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy while being interviewed on stage by host Warwick Davis.
Williams’ grand orchestral compositions for Star Wars are among the most beloved and recognisable in movie history, from the classic “Main Title” theme introduced in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope to the ominous “Imperial March” from Star War Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back to the stirring “Duel Of The Fates” from the prequel trilogy.
Williams, whose career spans over six decades, has won five Academy Awards and has scored some of the most popular and critically acclaimed films of all time, including Jaws, the Indiana Jones series, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Lincoln, and countless others.
“I look forward to returning to a galaxy far, far away… I actually feel like I never left it,” said Williams via a pre-recorded video at the event on Saturday. “I’m happy to be a continuing part of the Star Wars saga… and the joy in the journey of discovery that awaits us all.”