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.

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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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This is what most worries me about Rogue One. It's the first Star Wars film ever scored without Williams. I'm not a fan of the music in the animated series. They try but can't do Williams justice. Will Rogue One feel like a Star Wars film? Most composers today aren't as talented as the old masters. Seth MacFarlane said it best... https://youtu.be/qjuj5SJQg-8?t=36s

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I'm looking forward to seeing this.

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Gareth Edwards made a real crap Godzilla film. I'm not surprised Disney had to step in and fix his mess.

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@Bread_or_Decide: Care to elaborate? I am a director and his film surprised me at every corner with great directorial ideas, innovative editing and a mastery of how CGI should be used. I can't wait for Rogue One, though this latest development has me worried a bit

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@Gordon_Shock: He kills off the one good character and the best performance in the first fifteen minutes. Then we're left with dull as dishwater characters with no soul or personality. The pacing is too slow, it builds and then instead of allowing the audience a release it cuts away from the very thing you paid to go see. The first time was okay, the second time was a real F-U to the audience. By the time you reach the climax there's little to care about, especially when it comes to the humans. The story is standard Godzilla, and I don't mind not seeing him, but you need stronger humans if you're going to play that card and that's where he failed. I notice his first film Monsters had many of these similar problems. It's like he puts all his soul into the CGI creations and leaves nothing for the actors. I don't think the last 20 minutes makes up for the rest. Yeah it's the best godzilla fight we've seen but I'll just fast forward to the end to get that. There's also lots of strange lapses in logic when it comes to the soldiers, where they're going, what they're doing. As a whole it's just too dull and the ending does not make up for that.

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@Bread_or_Decide: I wasn't even thinking about the last fight but everything else. Sounds like your beef is more with the writer, which I was not referring to.

I haven't seen Monster but looking by it's wiki page it seems like Edwards WAY overshot himself by being director/writer/DP/PD and effects artist, too many hats for a seasoned director so I imagine a first time director.

From my point of view anything is better than Abrams who I despise and made Ep.7 one of the shittiest movie ever. At least Edwards is a huge SW fan and that can only help.

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