• Thomas Loftin

Alexandre Desplat: 7 Things About the Composer of Rogue One

Rogue One: A Star Wars story is approaching fast. As the hype for this new chapter of the galaxy begins to shape up, we see that this film will be very different from its episodic predecessors. Rogue One will be the first Star Wars film to focus on main characters that aren’t force sensitive, seemingly will not contain an opening scroll, and will not be complemented with a score by the legendary John Williams. As Williams’ steps aside for this film, another noteworthy composer takes the reins to lead us into adventure in a galaxy far, far away. So who exactly is Alexandre Desplat?

7 Things you should know about Alexandre Desplat:

  • Desplat has developed compositions for over 100 films in both French and American Cinema.

  • A long time fan of cinematic scores, Desplat worked on his first film at the age of 25.

  • Desplat has conducted performances of the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Munich Symphony Orchestra.

  • 2014’s Godzilla was also a collaboration between Desplat and Rogue One director, Gareth Edwards.

  • In 2015, Desplat took the Oscar for Best Original Score for his work on The Grand Budapest Hotel.

  • Desplat is one of only seven composers to win Best Original Score over another of their own nominated compositions. The last person to do this was John Williams in 1978.

  • Alexandre Despot’s resume includes such films as: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Parts 1&2, Twilight Saga: New Moon, Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, and the recently released Secret Life of Pets.

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