It is an understatement to say that a lot of Star Wars fans have been looking forward to seeing Obi-Wan Kenobi which will mark the return of Ewan McGregor in the titular role 17 years after the prequel trilogy ended.
While the majority of the plot details and information are still under wraps, we now know who will bring the music to the Jedi Master's upcoming chapter in the galaxy far, far away.
Vanity Fair has confirmed that Loki composer Natalie Holt was tapped to compose the score for Obi-Wan Kenobi. She is working alongside John Williams, who is composing the main theme of the series as revealed a few months ago. Most notably, she is also the first woman to score a live-action Star Wars project.
"Obviously, I’m just thrilled to be mentioned in the same breath as John Williams," Holt said to the outlet. "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."
While Holt is not yet allowed to discuss the specific details of her work in the upcoming series, she did share her approach and how she developed the music.
"Well, I think I’ve just always been a huge Star Wars fan. I watched the original trilogy with my dad when I was five years old. So the music from John Williams basically narrated my childhood: E.T., Raiders, Jurassic Park. So yeah, my starting point was just being a huge fan of the music for the show already. I’m a violinist and I come from an orchestral background, so I’ve been able to do something on an epic scale with these big forces," she said.
Holt has become one of the rising composers in recent years as she also did the score for the first season of Loki where she received a lot of praise. She is also set to compose the score for the DCEU film Batgirl. Her other previous works mostly consist of British shows such as Victoria, Great Expectations, The Honorable Woman, and Wallander.
Based on her work in Loki alone, Holt is certainly an interesting choice as the composer of Obi-Wan Kenobi and it is exciting to hear what kind of new music will she bring to the Star Wars universe, which is already populated by a lot of iconic music throughout the franchise's run so far. Given that she is working in tandem with Williams, we can expect yet again another memorable score from them.
The series' cast includes McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Moses Ingram, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, Kumail Nanjiani, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Benny Safdie, and Maya Erskine. Deborah Chow directed all episodes while Joby Harold serves as the showrunner.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is set to premiere with two episodes on March 27 on Disney+.