Composer Michael Giacchino is taking over the scoring duties for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story from Alexandre Desplat.
The Hollywood Reporter is stating that Desplat’s departure from the project comes down to a shift in the post-production schedule, pushing the composing period back to a timeframe where Desplat already had a previous commitment.Disney and Lucasfilm then turned to Giacchino, who has a long history scoring films for the studio and its subsidiaries.
This past summer, Rogue One underwent several weeks worth of reshooting under the supervision of writer Toy Gilroy. Reportedly the reshoots were “to clarify story and tonal issues for the pic.”
The switch now makes Giacchino and not Desplat the first composer besides the legendary John Williams to work on a live action Star Wars film.
Previously, Giacchino has scored the Pixar films The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Up, Cars 2 and Inside Out. For Disney’s live-action film group he has Sky High, John Carter (based on the pulp hero whose adventures George Lucas pludered for ideas back when he created Star Wars) and Tomorrowland to his credit, while for their animation division he scored Zootopia. With this new assignment and his work on Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange hitting theaters on November 4, Giacchino will have worked with all four of Disney’s film groups.