It was rumored for some time that John Williams, who had composed every main Star Wars film (minus the spin-off films Rogue One and Solo), was returning to score the Obi-Wan Kenobi limited series on Disney+. This has turned out to be partly true. The main composer for the series will be Natalie Holt who previously scored the hit Marvel series Loki. However, in an interview with Variety, Holt has confirmed Williams will return to create the theme for Obi-Wan himself:
“Obi-Wan is a legacy character that John hadn’t written a theme for because he died quite early on in A New Hope. It’s the only legacy character that he hadn’t done.
So he spoke to [Lucasfilm president] Kathleen Kennedy and said, ‘I just want to write [an Obi-Wan] theme.’ So who can deny him that? And he did, he wrote the Obi theme, and it just embodies the spirit of the show entirely.
Obviously, I’m just thrilled to be mentioned in the same breath as John Williams. It’s been exciting and overwhelming at times, because I’m such a fan. I want to pay respect to the history of it, and do it justice as well.”
This is good news for many who might find Obi-Wan as one of the last connections to the original films as Lucasfilm has tried to introduce new characters into the franchise, namely The Mandalorian. But it's good to know what while new creative forces have taken on the popular Jedi Master that his spirit (a la his musical theme) will be composed by one who knows the character best. In addition, Total Film magazine has released two new covers for the limited series, giving a detailed look at Obi-Wan's lightsaber. Check them out below:
Obi-Wan Kenobi is set to premiere it's first two episodes (of it's six episode order) on May 27th on Disney+.