– by Joseph Jammer Medina

A few days ago, it was revealed that composer Alexandre Desplat had to drop out as composer of the upcoming Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One. While this didn’t seem like a huge deal at first, when you picked it apart, it seemed to spell out a potentially bigger problem — that the rumored re-shoots were just as extensive as we had initially hoped, so extensive that Desplat’s schedule could no longer mesh with the recording schedule the film had in place.

Let’s face it, Desplat is an Oscar-winning composer, and as such, his talents are undoubtedly in demand. At the time of that announcement, there wasn’t a whole lot on Desplat’s IMDB page to make one thing he’d be unable to compose a Star Wars flick. Granted, IMDB is by no means the best source for that sort of thing, but it was enough to make us wonder what it was that Desplat was committed to working on that made him unable to rearrange his schedule. 

It sounds like the film in question that gets to benefit from Rogue One‘s loss is Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets — an upcoming science fiction film from Fifth Element director Luc Besson. The announcement was made on Tuesday via the filmmaker’s Instagram.

The of the post read, “Sadly the composer Alexandre Desplat have to leave the “Black Star”… but he find a new home in “the city of a thousand planets”. Welcome on board of ‘Valerian’ maestro!!!!”:

Not to make any assumptions, but the “Black Star” in question is likely the Death Star, which is likely a reference to Rogue One, but I can’t be one hundred percent just yet.

It’s worth mentioning that while it makes sense that Valerian is the film that kept Desplat from fulfilling his Rogue One obligations, that’s just speculation at this point, as we have no idea when either of these films will be scheduled to record their scores. The photo on the Instagram post is no help either, as it’s a picture pulled directly from Desplat’s own site, and not a photo taken by Besson himself, which would’e implied that they were currently in the scoring stage.

What do you think? Is Valerian the film that kept Desplat from scoring Rogue One due to scheduling conflicts, or is there some other reason the studios aren’t telling us? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: Luc Besson

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.