Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Ludwig Göransson Talks About Writing Music For 'The Mandalorian'

By: Dominic Jones

The Mandalorian, the first live action Star Wars series (debuting on Disney+ next month), is bringing lots of incredible talent to the Star Wars franchise.  This includes writer and executive producer Jon Favreau, directors Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow, and Taika Waititi, and composer Ludwig Göransson.  Göransson recently spoke with GQ Australia about his career, as well as what it's like to follow in the footsteps of John Williams and writing new music for the Star Wars franchise.

Göransson said,
"It’s an extreme pressure. A lot of people have very strong opinions about this – you know, Star Wars is like the holy grail of film music.

I’m trying to create something that people won’t expect, but the harmonic language of John Williams’ music is something I want to pay homage to. There’s a lot of pressure but I’m having fun. It’s going to be eclectic."

Göransson won an Oscar earlier this year for his work on the score of the film Black Panther. His other film credits include the Ryan Coogler films Creed (2015) and Fruitvale Station (2013). He also produced the song "This Is America" with Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover (who played Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story).
Glover and Göransson in 2018.
The Mandalorian is set following the events of Return of the Jedi and follows the adventures of a "lone gunfighter", as he navigates the galaxy in the post-Empire/early days of the New Republic.  The series debuts on Disney+ on November 12th.  If you haven't seen the new trailer, you can check it out below,

The series debuts on November 12th on Disney+, and stars Pedro Pascal as The Mandalorian, Gina Carrano as Cara Dune, Carl Weathers as Greef Carga, and Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon, as well as Nick Nolte, Werner Herzog, Emily Swallow, and Omid Abtahi in unknown roles.  The Mandalorian is executive produced by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, with episodes directed by Filoni, Bryce Dallas Howard, Deborah Chow, and Rick Famuyiwa, and Taika Waititi.

Source: GQ Australia

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