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07/27/2013 12:37 pm ET Updated Jul 27, 2013

John Williams Returning To 'Star Wars' To Compose Score For 'Episode VII'

The new "Star Wars" trilogy is gaining another familiar face in John Williams, who composed the scores for all six of the saga's previous entries. Following much speculation, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy announced at this weekend's "Star Wars" Celebration festival in Germany that Williams will resume his work with the series.

Williams is an indelible part of the "Star Wars" legacy, having won the 1977 Oscar for Best Original Score, for "A New Hope." The composer received a second nomination for his Galaxy Far, Far Away work for 1980's "The Empire Strikes Back," before going on to complete the scores for "Return of the Jedi" and the prequel trilogy.

The five-time Oscar winner -- who also garnered awards for "Fiddler on the Roof," "Jaws," "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" and "Schindler's List" -- joins a slate of "Star Wars" veterans who have signed on to the highly anticipated J.J. Abrams update. Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," will serve as a creative consultant, as will George Lucas (sort of). The original acting trio of Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and Harrison Ford (Han Solo) are slated to reprise their roles. Williams and Co. will be working with a script from Oscar winner Michael Arndt ("Little Miss Sunshine," "Toy Story 3").

Watch Williams discuss scoring "Star Wars: Episode VII" above.

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