Composer Alexandre Desplat to Start Working on Rogue One In a Few Weeks!

Alexandre caught up with Rogue One composer Alexandre Desplat during the UK premiere of Florence Foster Jenkins, and briefly spoke with the Academy Award winner  about his Rogue One schedule, and what are his thoughts on the teaser trailer.


Desplat confirmed that he will begin working on Rogue One in a few weeks. He also expressed his confidence that Gareth Edwards is making “a beautiful film”, after seeing the trailer.





Alexandre Michel Gérard Desplat is a Greek-French film composer. He has won one Academy Award for his soundtrack to the film The Grand Budapest Hotel, and received seven additional Academy Award nominations, seven BAFTA nominations (winning two), seven Golden Globe Award nominations (winning one), and six Grammy nominations (winning two).

Desplat has worked on a variety of Hollywood films, including independent and commercial successes like The Queen, The Golden Compass, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2, The King’s Speech, Moonrise Kingdom, Argo, Rise of the Guardians, Zero Dark Thirty, Godzilla, The Imitation Game, and Unbroken (via Wiki).



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19 thoughts on “Composer Alexandre Desplat to Start Working on Rogue One In a Few Weeks!

  • April 14, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    The first Star Wars movie not scored by John Williams.

    This guy’s got quite a task ahead of him.

  • April 14, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    I think its great that they got a different composer for the anthology films- should really give it a different feel than the saga films. That said… John Williams needs to drink some unicorn blood so he can score these movies forever!

    • April 14, 2016 at 7:21 pm

      Anyone know the going rate for a liter of unicorn blood these days?

      • April 14, 2016 at 8:16 pm

        I don’t know, but it’ll be worth it to keep him doing what both he and we love!

      • April 15, 2016 at 2:10 am

        I don’t know, but you could probably steal some from Voldemort.

    • April 14, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      He’ll outlive us all. It’s in his contract, under the small print.

    • April 15, 2016 at 3:07 am

      In the theme of Harry Potter, they really need to get Nicholas Hooper to do one of these. He did Harry Potters 5 and 6 and in my humble opinion, he and John Williams did the best renditions for the project at hand (all due respect to Desplat but his style didn’t fit). In particular, I always felt the soundtrack for Half Blood Prince deserves way more credit than it gets, its very different from the previous ones, but still has the distinctive flavor of the series, whereas Desplat pushed the envelope too far to where it didn’t sound like the same series anymore, Hooper really reined it in and struck the perfect balance, and in my book Hooper is only slightly out-done by John Williams’ Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets.

  • April 14, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Great! I really liked his score for “The Danish Girl.” Need to rewatch “Grand Budapest Hotel” to fully grasp what he created for that film, but I’m sure it will be good. I have my fingers crossed for Michael Giacchimo to score Young Han Solo Anthology.

    • April 14, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      One of my favorite movie soundtracks of recent memory. It’s truly a delight.

    • April 15, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      I liked Michael for Star Trek, and for LOST but his score was very mediocre when trying to emulate John Williams in Jurassic World.

      Granted it’s all subjective anyway, but based off what I heard from Giacchimo emulating Williams I wasn’t impressed.

      • April 16, 2016 at 12:26 am

        I haven’t seen “Jurassic World,” so I have no idea about its soundtrack. However, Giacchimo definitely does a great job with soundtracks for animated Disney and Pixar films. His scores for “Up,” “Inside Out” and “Zootopia” were great and I’m mostly basing my judgement of his artistic output on these 3 movies.

  • April 14, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    [que score]

  • April 14, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    [Cue score]

  • April 15, 2016 at 12:46 am

    I love John Williams as much as the next guy, but I am also excited to finally hear different composer’s takes on a Star Wars soundtrack. I’m sure Desplatt will do an excellent job.

  • April 15, 2016 at 12:48 am

    Deeeee….SPLAT. It’s like falling off a really tall building.

  • April 15, 2016 at 1:14 am

    What a relief! I was scared that the mediocre cues we heard in the teaser were for the finished film.

    He sort of looks like a cross between Nicolas Cage and Paul Reubens too.

  • April 15, 2016 at 2:22 am

    Desplat first caught my ear with the movie “The Queen.” It was clear he was going to be a big player in the film music biz. Grand Budapest Hotel is totally fun, absolutely deserving of the Oscar— creatively supports that quirky flick, not an easy job. But I worry a bit about what he has in mind for ‘Rogue One’ because he’s typically a composer of subtlety. Going big will be a real stretch for him. I hope he doesn’t hold back. Having said that, he could be a terrific alternate composer when Williams is out on the tennis court.

  • April 15, 2016 at 2:57 am

    My only thing with Desplat is that sometimes his music syncs with the film, other times it goes the way towards generic.

    Examples: Grand Budapest Hotel, Zero Dark Thirty, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and The King’s Speech [what’s up with him and movies with 3-word titles??] all had awesome soundtracks that matched the movie perfectly.

    And then he did Harry Potter, and it was just … wrong, like on a cosmic level, his music just wasn’t destined for Harry Potter, somehow his score ended up being too self-important and predictable, and it didn’t really match with the previous films. I’m not saying it was bad, but it just felt off, like it wasn’t in sync with the rest of the series. Maybe I’m the only one who took issue with this, and again, I like every other soundtrack he ever made, but for whatever reason with the Harry Potter double-finale things just didn’t click, and I wonder if the reason things didn’t click is that astronomical pressure and constricting expectation that came with the package. This brings me to my actual point; Star Wars and Harry Potter, as franchises, have a lot in common — fan expectation, artistic precedence, high financial stakes and pressure therefrom. I worry Desplat may not have enough freedom to perform at full capacity for something such as SW.

    With Budapest Hotel and Zero Dark’ they were big budget, but they were also one-off, which gave him a lot of freedom to just do his thing.

    So the question is, will the producers treat R1 as a true stand-alone and allow Desplat to really go out there? Or, will they get tight-fisted and insist that he make himself a John Williams sound-alike chameleon? I know which one I would rather hear…

    • April 15, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      I would hope they’d let him do his thing to give us something fresh soundtrack wise.

      Kevin Kiner’s best musical scores for the cartoons in my opinion are when he’s doing his own interpretation of a Star Wars soundtrack and not when he is trying to sound just like John Williams.

      I’m glad you brought up the Harry Potter comparison because that was a very good point. Funny too in that Williams was also involved with that.

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