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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.


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]

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