Music is just as much a character in it Star Wars like everyone or something else. What John Williams has managed to do in the Skywalker saga for more than four decades is nothing short of impressive. That music helped define and enhance George Lucas’ beloved sci-fi series and a galaxy far, far away. But Williams would be ready after work on it The Rise of SkywalkerStill, Star Wars will live on in a great way. The good news is that Williams already has an heir, and his name is Kevin Kiner.
Fans will be forgiven for not knowing Kevin Kiner by name, but a good number of those who enjoy it Star Wars are well acquainted with his work. Kiner has been a huge part of the franchise for over a decade as the main composer for both Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars RebelsThese animated shows represent some of the most loved and acclaimed works in the franchise. Period of time. And Kiner’s music was a big part of that. Week after week, he managed to make these shows feel and sound Star Wars, with the iconic work of John Williams as a springboard.
John Williams composed music for nine Star Wars movies. Kevin Kiner composed the soundtrack for nearly 200 TV episodes within that universe. Though he hasn’t gotten the chance to score a feature in the franchise, except for the 2008 The Clone Wars animated film, which essentially consisted of just several episodes, there is no question about Kiner’s experience. He is thoroughly familiar with this world and has shown time and again that he can effectively add that much-needed, musical layer to great moments. If someone more qualified to take over Williams’ mantle, it would be hard to find them.
This is not to say that Kevin Kiner should be the only one composing Star Wars music in the future. Obviously, that is not a practical expectation. Disney and Lucasfilm don’t just have several movies in the works, like Rogue Squadron and a mystery movie by Taika Waititi, but several shows are in development for Disney +. Ahsoka Obi-Wan Kenobi Rangers of the New Republic and The Book of Boba Fett, to name a few. But if there is someone who can take the torch and lead the next generation Star Warsmusically, Kiner is the chosen one, so to speak.
Whether Lucasfilm sees it that way is another question. Ludwig Goransson was selected to provide the soundtrack The Mandalorian, and it went pretty well. Meanwhile, it was Michael Giacchino who scored Rogue One, the first non-saga entry in the franchise in 2016. John Powell did those duties SoloKiner hasn’t done any live action yet Star Wars work so far. Maybe Lucasfilm and Disney see him as the animation guy. But that would indeed be a flawed way of thinking.
Be that as it may, there are countless opportunities for Kevin Kiner to expand his role within the franchise in the coming years. Star Wars isn’t going anywhere. It continues with or without John Williams. If that has to be the case, then the man who gave us works Kanan and the fire and Ahsoka leaves absolutely must use his talents well. The good news is that Kiner will be back for the upcoming animated series The bad partyHowever, someone who has shown himself to be second to the great John Williams in this arena should be given the opportunity to grow further. Your move, Lucasfilm.
Subjects: Star Wars, Clone Wars