Succession composer Nicholas Britell sets a course for the galaxy far, far away to compose the soundtrack for Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: Andor series
After yesterday’s major reveal at Star Wars: Celebration, the Star Wars: Andor series is finally coming together. Lucasfilm sent the internet into a meltdown when they unleashed the gritty first trailer. And the release of a shiny new poster only helped to win the fans over even more. As if they needed it. But today, the news is hitting the hyperspace lanes that reveal the next composer to follow in John Williams’ footsteps. The symphony of the galaxy far, far away is synonymous with the lineage of the Skywalker Saga, but Rogue One served as a departure from that storyline. And Lucasfilm is eager to deliver a tonally different kind of adventure with Andor.
THE SOUND OF STAR WARS
And charged with bringing this new adventure to life is the composer Nicholas Britell. The three-time Oscar nominee and Emmy winner for “Succession” has officially joined the Star Wars family and has been secretly working on his new sound of the galaxy for well over two years. Per Variety, the composer has opened up about his approach to bringing the sound of Andor to life. And in true Star Wars fashion has crafted a bold new sound for Diego Luna’s tale of danger, deception, and intrigue.
“It’s definitely orchestral-plus, I would say,” Britell told Variety. “Orchestra features heavily in it. There’s a wide range of sounds, and I’ve created a lot of new sounds. There are strings and brass, but there’s also lots of other stuff too. Without giving anything away, I would say that [executive producer] Kathy Kennedy, [creator and showrunner] Tony Gilroy, everyone right from the beginning, felt it was very important that we craft a unique set of sounds for this story, for the characters, for the world we’re creating here. So there’s been a lot of conversation, but actually, a lot of freedom too, for me to explore things. Everyone’s on the same page about having a specific set of soundscape textures, sound worlds, for this.”
SETTLING THE SCORE
Crafting a new symphony for a Star Wars project is always a daunting task. And mastered by very few. Kevin Kiner has concocted a recipe for success with his incredible scores for The Clone Wars, Rebels, and The Bad Batch. And more recently, Ludwig Göransson has redefined the blueprint of what makes a score with his incredible work on The Mandalorian and The Book Of Boba Fett, Although, Joseph Shirley adapted the soundtrack for the latter. So, bringing in a new composer is a bold choice. However, bringing in a celebrated composer of the caliber of Nicholas Britell is a no-brainer. But can he master the sound of Star Wars and follow in the footsteps of John Williams, John Powell, and Michael Giacchino? Only time will tell.
Star Wars: Andor will release on Disney Plus with a two-episode season opener on August 31st, 2022.
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