Why J.J. Abrams Turned To a Broadway Superstar For One Star Wars: The Force Awakens Scene

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When you think “Star Wars” and music, you think of John Williams. That’s a given. And Williams wrote the score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is out in just over two weeks. But he didn’t write all the music in the movie.

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Co-writer and director J.J. Abrams was on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Monday and revealed that Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creative force behind the massive Broadway hit Hamilton, wrote a piece of music for the film. It was for a scene that Williams told Abrams he didn’t want to do.

Minor, minor spoilers follow.

Williams told Abrams he didn’t want to write music for their new version of a cantina scene so Abrams asked Miranda. Listen to him tell the story.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18.

[The Tonight Show]

Image credit: StarWars.com


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mike-mckinnon
Chairman Kaga

So much of this film sounds like a reboot/rehash.

MASSIVE SPOILERS.

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  • Kylo Ren and stormtroopers looking for something (Luke’s saber &/or his location) = Vader and stormtroopers looking for something (Death Star plans)
  • Poe hides that something in BB8, a droid= Leia hides that something in R2D2, a droid
  • Kylo Ren gets angry and kills the leader, Lor San Tekka, who is protecting that something = Vader gets angry and kills the leader, Captain Antilles, who is protecting that something
  • BB8 on the run on a barren, dangerous, desert planet, finds a friend in Rey = R2 on the run on a barren, dangerous, desert planet, finds a friend in Luke
  • Good guys have to get a ship to get off the planet to get the saber to General Organa and the Resistance = Good guys have to get a ship to get off the planet to get the Death Star plans to Senator Organa and the Rebels
  • Good guys escape on the Millennium Falcon, but not happy about the hunk of junk = Good guys escape on the Millennium Falcon, but not happy about the hunk of junk

... lots of details we’re still missing...

  • Mentor figure, Han Solo, killed by Big Bad, Kylo Ren, and it turns out they have an intricate past and a strained relationship = Mentor figure, Obi Wan Kenobi, killed by Big Bad, Darth vader, and it turns out they have an intricate past and a strained relationship
  • Starkiller Base, capable of wiping out the Resistance = Death Star, capable of wiping out the Rebellion

Here the space battle seems to skew a bit more toward Return of the Jedi, although...

  • General Organa and Resistance leaders command the battle from a darkened war room while an ominous countdown to their demise ticks away = Princess Leia Organa and Rebellion leaders command the battle from a darkened war room while an ominous countdown to their demise ticks away