The Star Wars Show: Han Solo Standalone Composer Revealed!

In this week’s episode the Star Wars Show brings us an interview with Del Rey editor Elisabeth Schaefer, hits the floor at SDCC 2017 and introduces the newest member of the Star Wars cinematic family.



John Powell is now the third person in the world to score a Star Wars movie, along John Williams and Michael Giacchino.

After doing many animated movies like Shrek, Rio and  Dragon 3D he also composed the score for the Bourne movies.

He is quite experienced with 76 composer credits on IMDB.


So check out the full episode here:




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32 thoughts on “The Star Wars Show: Han Solo Standalone Composer Revealed!

  • July 26, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Kevin Kiner did the music for the always forgotten Clone Wars movie.

    • July 27, 2017 at 3:17 pm

      Because it wasn’t a movie.

      • July 28, 2017 at 12:04 am

        It started production as a TV show but Lucas and Filoni decided to premiere it as a movie. It was in nearly 3500 theaters. It was a movie. A poorly reviewed movie, but still a movie.

        • July 28, 2017 at 4:21 pm

          What you describe literally makes it NOT a movie. It was not conceived or produced as a movie, merely presented as one.

          It’s not a movie. They can air an episode of Doctor Who in theaters, doesn’t make it a movie.

          • July 28, 2017 at 11:24 pm

            If it is marketed as movie and receives a wide release, then it’s a film. By your standards, Toy Story 2 isn’t a movie.

          • July 29, 2017 at 3:57 am

            Marketing has nothing to do with creation. You can’t string together something intended to be episodic television, seen over a period of weeks and say it is a movie. I mean, you can, but you would be wrong.

            Toy Story 2 was initially supposed to be a direct to video sequel, which would still constitute a movie. It doesn’t have to be in theaters to be a movie. That’s the standard you guys are spouting.

            BUT…Toy Story 2 was later upgraded to a theatrical release and the entire plot was revised. But even if that hadn’t had happened, it would count as a movie because it was conceived as a movie. Whether the outlet was video or theater.

            The Clone Wars was just the first few episodes strung together. Not a movie.

          • July 29, 2017 at 4:36 am

            nounNORTH AMERICAN
            a story or event recorded by a camera as a set of moving images and shown in a theater or on television; a motion picture.
            synonyms: film, motion picture, picture, feature (film); More

          • July 29, 2017 at 9:39 pm

            That’s great. It was a series of episodes strung together to make a movie. It wasn’t a movie. Even Pablo Hidalgo has said as much. So I don’t care. it’s not a movie. Never will be. It’s a TV show in a theater.

          • July 29, 2017 at 11:58 pm

            Wow, I had no idea that you were the arbiter of what is and isn’t a film. Guess I better Thor away my dictionary, Uncle knows best, after all. I don’t know why you’re so invested in this, but it’s weird. Sometimes, you can just call a movie a movie. Like Mullholland Drive. Started as TV show episodes and then became a movie. Simple.

          • July 30, 2017 at 11:37 pm

            I am the arbiter for myself. you can set your own and be happy with it. I don’t care. Why so mad about a differing opinion based on logic?

          • July 31, 2017 at 2:53 am

            Because “movie” isn’t an opinion, it’s a word with a definition. That’s why.

          • July 31, 2017 at 3:00 pm

            Sometimes definitions are too literal. That’s why humans have brains to think. The Clone Wars is an outlier from the other “movies” because it was meant for TV, broken up as TV episodes and then released in theaters.

            So I don’t consider it a movie because if it were, it would be different. Written and edited entirely different.

            That’s why.

    • July 27, 2017 at 1:09 am

      ??? I think he’s an excellent choice. He draws from the same musical well that Williams does: English folk and post-Romantic music. He should be able to nail the feel of Star Wars while being fresh.

  • July 27, 2017 at 2:02 am

    I must say I like the idea that JW scores all the episodic films and they experiment with the composers for the standalone films. It lets them try new things while keeping the Saga feeling special and classic apart from the spin-offs.
    As for the choice itself, I’m not super familiar with his work. No particular tracks aside from smash mouth stand out from Shrek, but the Bourne score was fairly engaging. I’m sure he’ll do a good job. Still nothing about this moves the needle for me. Doesn’t fuel any fear or get me particularly excited. After episode 8 comes out the marketing will ramp up and we can judge better.

    • July 27, 2017 at 2:45 am

      Totally agreed, I’m super open to exploring new things in the Star Wars universe. When people say “psh you only liked Rogue One because it’s Star Wars” and I say “That’s certainly the main reason, while not being the ONLY one. Your point is?”

  • July 27, 2017 at 3:21 am

    Oh look — it’s a future member of the “creative differences” club.

    • July 27, 2017 at 10:44 am

      Hopefully not, but I still found this funny.

  • July 27, 2017 at 4:09 am

    Would love an electronic score.

  • July 27, 2017 at 4:20 am

    I’m still hoping that Lucasfilm gets Ludwig Göransson for one of these standalones. His score for Creed perfectly blended the old with the new and it really enhanced the emotions. Not familiar with Powel’s work but I’m very curious to hear how his score turns out.

  • July 27, 2017 at 4:24 am

    Can’t wait for…the title.

    • July 27, 2017 at 6:32 am

      I am assuming it will be “——: A Star Wars Story”

      Solo: A Star Wars Story seems like a decent bet.

  • July 27, 2017 at 9:17 am

    I truly like How to Train a Dragon soundtracks.

    • July 27, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      I just re-listened to it after this announcement. It’s very Star Wars-y to be honest.

  • July 27, 2017 at 10:57 am

    #Porgpoem, sounds awfully similiar to another word I’m thinking of.

  • July 27, 2017 at 10:59 am

    It’s Powell not Powel. I’m really digging this!

  • July 27, 2017 at 11:42 am

    I wouldn’t base my hopes on the Bourne film scores, which I loved, but more on How to train your dragon and Ice Age. Those two where otstanding scores.

  • July 27, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    As a big fan of his ‘Dragon’ score, count me excited for what Powell comes up with.

    That being said, let’s not forget Kevin Kiner’s contribution to cinematic Star Wars through the ‘Clone Wars’ film, making him the fourth composer.

  • July 27, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Is anyone else not getting updates through SWNN’s RSS feed? I use Feedly, and the last three stories (including this one) haven’t posted to the feed…

  • July 28, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    I think Anthony is just using his own pronunciation; I doubt he really knows.

    • July 29, 2017 at 12:22 am

      The dude works there! I’m sure he knows more than any of us combined!! lol But yea I’m probably gonna wait to see how Rey and Luke pronounce it (if they do) then we’ll know for sure.

      • July 29, 2017 at 1:52 am

        Meh, I bet they get and email and graphics attachments with an outline of the content they need to put on the show. The big boys up and Lucasfilm probably don’t pay the Star Wars Show much attention.

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