[Minor SPOILERS for Rogue One ahead.]
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story marks a lot of firsts for the Star Wars franchise. It’s the first non-episodic live-action theatrical release; the first Star Wars movie not to revolve around Jedi or the Skywalkers; and the first Star Wars movie not composed by John Williams. This time, the musical underpinnings of the galaxy far far away are composed by Oscar-winner Michael Giacchino.
Rogue One’s production has been under scrutiny ever since new broke of extensive reshoots over the summer. The delays from these reshoots led to the film's original composer, Alexandre Desplat, having to exit the project - leaving Giacchino with only 4 weeks to score his composition for the movie.
Now, with just just over a week to go until the film hits theaters, the full tracklist for Giacchino’s soundtrack has been revealed by the site EMP-Shop, after having posted the soundtrack for pre-order. Star Wars has a history of leaking major spoilers in its tracklists, with the death of Qui-Gon being exposed by the track titled Qui-Gon's Noble End on the soundtrack for The Phantom Menace being the most notable example. The Rogue One tracklist doesn’t leak anything quite so egregious, but there are a few bits we can glean about the movie from the track list below.
The titles for the 21 songs on Giacchino’s soundtrack are as follows:
- He’s Here For Us
- A Long Ride Ahead
- Wobani Imperial Labor Camp
- Trust Goes Both Ways
- When Has Become Now
- Jedha Arrival
- Jedha City Ambush
- Confrontation on Eadu
- Krennic’s Aspirations
- Rebellions Are Built on Hope
- Rogue One
- Cargo Shuttle SW-0608
- Scrambling the Rebel Fleet
- AT-ACT Assault
- The Master Switch
- Your Father Would Be Proud
- Jyn Erso & Hope Suite
- The Imperial Suite
- Guardians of the Whills Suite
Without speculating too much about some of the more obvious or mundane titles - AT-ACT Assault and Scrambling the Rebel Fleet don’t really expose anything not seen in the Rogue One trailers - there are still some fun titles to explore here.
First is Wobani Imperial Labor Camp. The track title itself doesn’t really spoil much about the movie, but it does reveal a bit of worldbuilding that hasn’t been seen in Star Wars before. Imperial labor camps have been mentioned before - specifically the spice mines of Kessel - but this would be the first time they’d actually appear on the big screen, showing how the Empire affects the lives of dissident citizens who aren’t a part of the Rebellion.
Second is Star-Dust. Again, no shocking revelation here, but Star-Dust is the nickname given to Jyn Erso by her father, Galen, when she was a baby because of flecks of color in her eyes (as revealed in the Rogue One prequel novel, Catalyst). Seeing this reference make the leap from the pages of the book to Giacchino’s music should no doubt excite the more attentive fans.
The third bit is likely the most intriguing. The final track is titled Guardians of the Whills Suite. The Whills are a fascinating part of Star Wars history that has hardly seen the light of day, but they are George Lucas’s original inspirations for what eventually became the Force, and the Journal of the Whills is the in-universe chronicle in which the stories of the Star Wars saga are recorded.
Despite appearing in multiple versions of the original screenplay for A New Hope (originally just Star Wars), the Whills never made it into current Star Wars canon - until a passage of The Journal of the Whill was cited in the prologue to the novelization for The Force Awakens.
Does this mean Rogue One is going to dig deep into Star Wars lore in ways other movies haven’t? We’ve already seen kyber crystals and Jedi ruins on Jedha in Rogue One trailers, but there’s really no way of knowing if this is anything more than a nod to the origins of the saga.