Natalie Holt, acclaimed for her work on ‘Loki’, has officially been announced as the main composer for ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’. This makes Holt the first woman to score a live action Star Wars project.
In an interview with Vanity Fair Holt confirmed that, while she would be composing the music for the limited series, the main theme has been written by Star Wars legend John Williams.
Obi-Wan is a legacy character that John hadn’t written a theme for because he died quite early on in ‘A New Hope.’ It’s the only legacy character that he hadn’t done.
So he spoke to [Lucasfilm president] Kathleen Kennedy and said, ‘I just want to write [an Obi-Wan] theme.’ So who can deny him that? And he did, he wrote the Obi theme, and it just embodies the spirit of the show entirely.
Obviously, I’m just thrilled to be mentioned in the same breath as John Williams. 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.Natalie Holt
Holt has been a Star Wars and John Williams fan her whole life and has a background in orchestral 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.Natalie Holt
She revealed that we haven’t heard any of her music for the show yet as it was all Williams in the trailer but the score would be more traditionally Star Wars than ‘The Mandalorian’.
I think it’s an emotional score, and it does have its roots in the Star Wars tradition a little more than The Mandalorian does. We had a collection of 250 horns and flutes, and I used this hunting horn in the score. We’re also blending the orchestra with some more modern synths sounds as well. It’s definitely what we’re used to and a few new elements.Natalie Holt
The first two episodes of ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ are on Disney+ from 27th May.
Source: Vanity Fair