'Star Wars: Episode 8' news: Maestro John Williams to work on score for film in a couple of weeks


As promised, critically acclaimed composer John Williams will be returning to the galaxy far, far away very soon. The 84-year-old musician is scheduled to work on the score for “Star Wars: Episode VIII” in the coming weeks, just in time for its release next year.

Though confirmation that Williams would be helming the next episodic release from the storied franchise came as early as June, the timeline has only recently come to light via a report from Masslive. The media outlet, who was present during the maestro’s latest gig in Tanglewood leading the Boston Pops Orchestra over the weekend, reported that Williams will soon be working on “Episode VIII” in between performances.

However, even before he was plagued with questions regarding Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) lineage, the veteran musician already stated that he was also clueless on the mystery inaugurated in “Episode VII The Force Awakens.” And depending on how long this guessing game will be, it is possible that Williams may still not know after he works on the forthcoming flick.

Principal photography for the yet to be titled “Star Wars” film wrapped up sometime last month and with post-production presumably rolling already, the timeline is only very apt despite the delay in production earlier this year. Williams has worked on all the films from the space soap opera sans the upcoming anthology film, “Rogue One,” which will launch this coming Dec. 16.

Meanwhile, director of “Episode VIII,” Rian Johnson, recently blew up the internet with a photo tease encouraging the eternally debatable idea that Jar Jar Binks is a Sith Master. Debuting in “Episode I The Phantom Menace,” the Gungan immediately became the receiver of backlash from fans who were already disappointed with the movie. All throughout the years, loyalists of the saga have continued to fuel rumors that Jar Jar was intended to be the big reveal of the prequels. Patterned to Yoda’s deceptive introduction in “Episode IV Empire Strikes Back,” the creature is believed to be a powerful master of the dark Force with his notable physical abilities as well as speculated mind control skills.

Unfortunately, due to franchise supporters being unaccepting of the character, his appearances in the movies significantly decreased until it was only a one-line cameo in “Episode III Revenge of the Sith.” Given this, his supposed true identity never made it to the big screen as creator George Lucas reportedly scrapped the idea.

“Episode VIII” will be the first “Star Wars” film to pick up from where its predecessor left off, which means that fans will be treated to Luke Skywalker’s (Mark Hamill) initial reaction upon meeting Rey. However, how the story will flow from there is still very much out there. The majority of the cast from “The Force Awakens” will be returning, with the addition of key roles from Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern.

The film is scheduled to blast through cinemas on Dec. 15, 2017