Lucasfilm president Kathleeen Kennedy confirmed Williams’ return during Star Wars Celebration over the weekend prior to a video interview being shown on screen.
“I had breakfast with someone very important to the Star Wars family last Friday, and he has committed to working on [Episode VII]. And that is Mr. John Williams,” Kennedy said when asked by Warwick Davis if there was anything she could say about the next film.
The following is the video interview that was shown on screen:
“I look forward to returning to a galaxy far, far away,” Williams said in the prerecorded video. “I actually feel like I never left it. I’m happy to be a continuing part of the Star Wars saga and the joy in the journey of discovery that awaits us all.”
“Of course, I haven’t seen the script,” Williams also says in the video. “The story is still unknown to me, the new story. But I can’t imagine that there will not be some references to the existing stories that we know that would necessitate, and make appropriate, the use of some of the earlier themes.”
Williams looks forward to working with J.J. Abrams, who is directing the newest film of the saga.
Abrams has usually worked with composer Michael Giacchino in the past and the torch could be passed to him one day but for now, the 81-year-old composer is set to return to Star Wars.