If you find yourself humming the themes from the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series, you’ll have composer Natalie Holt to thank for the new earworm! Holt, who composed the ticking-clock themes to Marvel’s Loki series and is slated to work next on DC’s upcoming Batgirl film, now has added composed for the Star Wars franchise to her list of accomplishments. Traditionally the music has been written by legendary composer John Williams, of course, and boasts some of the most recognizable music in cinematic history. Working on the series is a momentous occasion indeed, but more so when you weigh the fact that Holt is the first woman to score a live-action Star Wars project!
Holt, who was compelled to keep her involvement in the show’s production a secret until recently, has finally broken her silence to talk about her time working on the series. According to Vanity Fair, this came about after Holt received a card from Obi-Wan Kenobi showrunner and director Deborah Chow, congratulating Holt for completing the music for the upcoming Disney+ series. She described the card as Darth Vader being surrounded by Storm Troopers that read ‘We do everything for him, but does he ever say thank you?’, a nod to all the work the behind-the-scenes crew members do that makes moments of cinema come together on screen.
Her work on the show, which she can now confirm publicly for the first time, put her in collaboration with Star Wars icon John Williams, who wrote an original theme for Ewan McGregor’s titular role as the exiled Jedi Knight for the project. Obi-Wan is a legacy character and the only one that John Williams hadn’t written a theme for because the character died early on in Star Wars: A New Hope. Holt says Williams insisted on coming onto the project to rectify this, allowing them to work in tandem on the project. Holt admitted that it was exciting but overwhelming at times, wanting to do justice to the iconic series and the history of her work.
The music heard in the teaser trailer that was released prior to the launch of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series is “Duel of the Fates” by John Williams, so we still haven’t gotten a taste of Holt’s take on the musical composition yet. She says that she used the pillars of William’s original scores as the foundation of her new compositions to weave a new narrative experience with her music. It will be a blend of the familiar with new, fresh sounds to help bring Obi-Wan’s story to life.
What about you? Are you excited to listen in for the differences in the scoring? Are you a fan of Holt’s previous work? We here at GGA are ecstatic to see elements of Star Wars being passed lovingly to new, devoted creators. If you would like to read the full interview that Holt did with Vanity Fair, click here to read before the release of the Obi-Wan Kenobi show on Disney Plus on May 27.
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