Rogue One: A Star Wars Story officially opened in theaters last night, which means many have already gotten their first taste of the score by Michael Giacchino. Even if you haven’t seen the film, though, you can still enjoy the composer’s work as the official soundtrack has now been released online.
Giacchino stepped in at the last minute to replace Alexandre Desplat, who had to leave the project after extensive reshoots delayed completion of the film. However, there was probably no better choice to fill in, as Giacchino is a die-hard Star Wars fan and essentially the heir apparent to the legacy of John Williams (he did score Jurassic World, after all).
“Michael did an amazing score for us,” director Gareth Edwards said (via /Film). “He’s a massive, massive, massive, massive Star Wars fan. I think a lot of us compete for who’s the biggest Star Wars fan working on the film and you go around his house and walk in the door and in his main front room is a 13-foot framed poster of A New Hope. So we’d joke, ‘You didn’t have to do that for us,’ and he’d be like, ‘No, this has been up for like thirteen years.'”
Edwards expanded on Giacchino’s fandom credentials, saying, “He said he listened to the Empire Strikes Back soundtrack to death as a kid and I think the vocabulary of that music is in him. It just poured out. There’s particular moments in the film, musically, especially toward the end, that are truly stunning and very emotional. I think he just knocked it out of the park. We’re very lucky.”
Take a listen below via Spotify. Disney also has the entire thing as separate videos on their YouTube channel.