Composing For an Epic: Michael Giacchino on ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’


We’ve heard 
Michael Giacchino‘s orchestral suites in Zootopia and in Star Trek Beyond, but we’re most excited about his latest project Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Award-winning composer Giacchino has created a diverse filmography on film scores that ranges from animated features to blockbuster hits. Rogue One is his most ambitious project yet on top of his other upcoming films. Giacchino recently spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the hectic schedule, his thoughts about the standalone film, and mentor John Williams.

On top of replacing Alexendre Desplat and the film reshoots, Giacchino had his share of busywork on the and had to work on his birthday:

I didn’t want to go to work that day, but I had to because our schedule was so tight… So I go and sit down and turn on the screen to work and all of these Stormtroopers are running around and I thought to myself, ‘All right this is not a bad birthday.”


Although Williams won’t be composing the feature film, Giacchino is familiar with the Star Wars franchise and the fellow composer. In fact, Williams is one of the few composers that influenced him:

“John and I have known each other for a while and he’s always been a great giver of wisdom,” Giacchino said of Williams. “He is a great teacher, even when he is not directly teaching you. Growing up listening to him — he was one of my biggest indirect teachers. Working on this films I am constantly reminded that it was Star Wars that pushed me in this direction.”


As for his favorite character in Rogue One?

“I love the main character. I love Jyn and what they have done with her,” he said of Felicity Jones’ rebel.”

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

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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