Gareth Edwards’ “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the first standalone “Star Wars” film in the long-running franchise, recently went through extensive reshoots spearheaded by director Tony Gilroy in order to clarify story and tone. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will swap out original composer Alexandre Desplat for Michael Giacchino per those reshoots just three months ahead of the film’s release. The reshoots apparently altered the scoring calendar and Desplat was no longer available for the position, so Disney hired Giacchino to take over the role.
Desplat has been nominated for eight Oscars in total, winning one for his score for Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” He also contributed scores for two other Anderson films “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Moonrise Kingdom,” Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life,” the final two “Harry Potter” films, and “Zero Dark Thirty.”
Meanwhile, Giacchino is best known for scoring the TV shows “Lost” and “Alias,” as well as five Pixar films – “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Up,” “Cars 2,” and “Inside Out” – the “Star Trek” reboot series, and Gareth Edwards’ last film “Godzilla.” Giacchino, a “Star Wars” fan, also appeared as a stormtrooper in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” will be released on December 16th from Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Studios.