John Williams has become one of the most prolific and sought-after score composers for decades and his work seems to be a clear indicator that a film franchise will go down in cinematic history if not for its soundtrack alone. So imagine our surprise to hear that John Williams himself was the one who approached Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy to score the title theme for the highly anticipated ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Star Wars series coming to Disney+ next month.
Fellow series composer Natalie Holt recently shared with Vanity Fair how Williams joined the project and her excitement about working with the famed composer. Holt tells VF, “Obi-Wan is a legacy character that John hadn’t written a theme for because he died quite early on in A New Hope. It’s the only legacy character that he hadn’t done. So he spoke to Kathleen Kennedy and said, ‘I just want to write Benny a theme.’ So who can deny him that? And he did, he wrote the Obi theme, and it just embodies the spirit of the show entirely.”
Natalie elaborated on the theme, “It’s reflective, and it’s just entirely appropriate. And it distills what the show is about in just the perfect way that John Williams can. It’s wistful, but there’s an element of hope to it. It’s doing something new and I think people are going to be really blown away by it.”
Are you excited to hear Obi-Wan’s theme? Will you be tuning in for the premiere of Obi-Wan Kenobi via Disney+ on May 27th? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Company for updates and all things Star Wars!