Few things are as recognizable as the Star Wars music, composed by the legend John Williams, who has returned to provide the score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. John Williams won an Academy Award for the first Star Wars film, now known as A New Hope. He was further nominated for his scores of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. In total he has received 49 Oscar nominations, and won five of them. His music continues to inspire songwriters around the world.
And it looks like John Williams has also inspired Jimmy Fallon, the host of The Tonight Show. Recently, many cast and crew members for The Force Awakens made appearances on the Tonight Show as part of their press tour, including J.J. Abrams, Harrison Ford, Adam Driver, and Daisy Ridley. We previously wrote about Harrison Ford’s appearance. And despite not making direct appearances on the Tonight Show, cast members Carrie Fisher, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie, and John Boyega have also been in town on the press junket.
The Tonight Show has now released a special video featuring an a cappella tribute to the music of Star Wars. The video features Jimmy Fallon with the Roots crew, as well as cast members from The Force Awakens, including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Carrie Fisher, and even a small cameo at the end by Harrison Ford.
The video provides a humorous but heartfelt tribute to the music of Star Wars. Each of the cast members seem to be having fun, and even played to their characters a bit. For example, Adam Driver (who plays the sinister Kylo Ren) and Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma) take the stage for an a cappella version of the Imperial March, a theme associated with the bad guys of Star Wars. Then they all come together for one large a cappella choir to finish it off.
The return of John Williams was one of the first pieces of news we ever heard regarding The Force Awakens, though at the time it was only known as Episode VII. Since then we’ve seen the music of Star Wars diversify. On an earlier episode of The Tonight Show, J.J. Abrams revealed that Lin-Manuel, of Hamilton fame, wrote a small sequence for a cantina scene in The Force Awakens. We also know that Alexandre Desplat will write music for the first Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One, in theaters next December.
So despite the fact that John Williams won’t be with us forever, we can rest assured that his music will continue to pave a legacy for years to come. This a cappella tribute is only the tip of the iceberg for the many tributes and other works inspired by John Williams.
But of course the real question is, where is Luke in this video?
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th, 2015, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
Source: The Tonight Show