‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’ Has Nods To John Williams’ Oscar-Nominated Scores

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker features nods to all of John Williams’ Academy Award-nominated scores.

Acclaimed composer John Williams has provided the score for every chapter of the main Star Wars saga ever since the original installment debuted in 1977. However, The Rise of Skywalker marked the first time John Williams appeared in front of the camera for one of the Star Wars films, with a single-shot cameo appearance as a bartender in Kijimi City named Oma Tres.

Now, one of the behind-the-scenes documentaries included with the home release of The Rise of Skywalker reveals that John Williams’ cameo scene features nods to each of his 51 Oscar-nominated scores. For example, objects in the bar such as a hook pay tribute to Steven Spielberg’s Hook, tiny yellow barrels are a nod to Jaws, and the iron used by Kevin McCallister to foil the wet bandits in Home Alone can be spotted as well.

Here is the official synopsis for The Rise of Skywalker:

Lucasfilm and director J. J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.

Directed by J. J. Abrams, The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams. Carrie Fisher will appear as General Leia Organa through the use of previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now available on Digital HD and will be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD on March 31, 2020.

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