“Star Wars” is not only just an iconic saga, but also contains one of the most iconic and most recognizable scores, thanks to the wonderful talents of John Williams, who also created other memorable scores, such as the score to “E.T,” “Jurrasic Park” and “Indiana Jones,” and not many can compete against his numerous achievements. However, sometimes, although one might not be able to create a memorable score such as Williams does time and time again, a rare opportunity is given to another, to be able to share and participate in creating something as iconic and as legendary as “Star Wars.” Recently, it was just learned that one of Broadway’s most innovative composers, Lin-Manuel Miranda, has collaborated with “Star Wars” director J.J. Abrams in order to breathe life into a little scene within “The Force Awakens,” that is very much akin to the iconic Mos Eisley Cantina scene in “A New Hope.” Read on to learn more about this story.
With “Star Wars: Episode 7- The Force Awakens” just a few weeks away from its premiere date, it is no wonder that the cast, director, and crew, are finally making the rounds, and are promoting the film by guesting in various talk shows.
First off, Abrams revealed that a cantina scene reminiscent of the “A New Hope” cantina scene will be featured in the film, and that the music for that scene, which will be very much different from the main score of the film, was written by none other than Abrams and Broadway composer Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Miranda is currently known for creating innovative and out of the box musicals, in which he usually stars in.
He first became known thanks to his Broadway hit, “In The Heights,” and now, he is known for the ongoing musical “Hamilton.” It is a musical about one of America’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, with a hip-hop twist.
According to Abrams, he and his son were approached by Miranda when they watched the show, and Miranda jokingly told Abrams that he was willing to write the music for a cantina scene if they had one.
Coincidentally, John Williams had just told Abrams that he didn’t want to write the music for the cantina scene. It led to Abrams following up with Miranda on his offer, and the two collaborated with each other to create the music for the scene.
Miranda also confirmed this on his official Twitter account, in a response to a question from a fan after Abrams dropped the news.
Worked on it between 6pm & 7:30 on 2 show days for the past 2 months.
JJ is the best.
Can't wait to see.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) December 1, 2015
Miranda also mentioned that he had been working on it with Abrams for the last two months, and that he is excited to see and hear it for himself in the film.
Are you looking forward to the new cantina scene now? Are you excited to hear Lin-Manuel Miranda’s and J.J. Abrams’ composition? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Click the video below in order to watch J.J. Abrams telling Jimmy Fallon about his collaboration with Lin-Manuel Miranda on “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon”.