Star Wars Rogue One's Composer Replaced by Oscar-Winner Who Worked on Call of Duty

Michael Giacchino wrote the music for the original Call of Duty.


With only three months to go before Star Wars: Rogue One comes to theaters, Lucasfilm has reportedly replaced the movie's Oscar-winning composer. According to The Hollywood Reporter and EW, Michael Giacchino is stepping in to replace Alexandre Desplat, who won an Oscar for The Grand Budapest Hotel.

According to the reports, the change is the result of the movie's much-discussed reshoots. Lucasfilm did five weeks of additional filming and according to the report, this "altered the timetable to the point where Desplat had to bow out."

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Giacchino, the new composer, also won an Oscar, taking home the honor for Pixar's beloved Up. He also worked on Ratatouille, The Incredibles, Zootopia, and Doctor Strange, all of which were made by Disney studios. He also did the music for Jurassic World and the new Star Trek films.

As EW points out, Giacchino played a stormtrooper in 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so he's no stranger to the franchise. He might be better known in Hollywood, but he also wrote the music for the first Call of Duty game.

Rogue One comes out on December 16. Earlier this week, some new posters were revealed for it, showing off the Death Star.

The film is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Donnie Yen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, and Mads Mikkelsen.

This story has been updated.

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