– by Joseph Jammer Medina

While the Star Wars franchise may be incredibly well known for the universe that’s been built over the course of its several movies, dozens of books, and various TV shows, one aspect that overshadows it is the music. Back in the ‘70s when the first film was in production, there were countless aspects of the movie that were falling short of George Lucas’ vision. From the production design to the performances, things didn’t really seem like they were coming together for the filmmaker. 

The original score from John Williams, however, was one of the few elements that actually managed to exceed any expectations the director had. In the time since then, it’s become impossible to separate the franchise from its iconic themes. What’s more is that Williams has gone on to score every single film since then.

Next week’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, however, will mark the first film in the franchise where Williams won’t have a hand in the score. Originally set to be composed by Alexandre Desplat, a scheduling conflict made it impossible for the Oscar-winning composer to get the job done. Luckily for fans, Lucasfilm was able to lock down another Oscar-winning talent, Michael Giacchino, who is perhaps best known for his work on The Incredibles and 2009 Star Trek reboot. Given the change from Williams, fans have been wondering what to expect from the new score. 

Now, in a new video from the folks over at EW, we’re getting our first look at the music from Rogue One. The clip starts off with a few words from director Gareth Edwards to the musicians before hopping directly into two songs. The first one is entitled “Her Path is Clear,” which EW speculates will be the lead Jyn Erso’s theme, and the second is entitled “Approach to Eadu.”

While there are some definite unique elements to the music, I was impressed with how John Williams-esque these two tracks actually are. Coming off of Doctor Strange, I found myself a bit disappointed with the music — not because it was bad, but because I found too many shades of Star Trek in there. I worried I’d find the same in Rogue One, but so far, that doesn’t seem to be a problem. This is doubly impressive after hearing the man only had 4 weeks to compose music for the entire flick. Talk about a rush job!

What did you think of the first listen to the Rogue One score? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16, 2016.

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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.