Natalie Holt, the Emmy-nominated composer of Marvel’s Loki TV show, has been cast as the composer for Star Wars’ next Obi-Wan Kenobi event series on Disney+. Holt will also work with John Williams, the legendary Star Wars composer, who will launch a fresh composition of concept music for this rendition of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s character.
Theme Song for Obi-Wan Kenobi:
It’s been 45 years since the very first Star Wars movie premiered, and with all that has happened, you’d assume no significant, defining elements are now remaining, with the exception of a theme song for Obi-Wan Kenobi, one of the franchise’s most recognizable characters.
According to Holt: “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 Benny a 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.”
Natalie Holt describes the theme song composition:
In a profile piece, Holt defined herself as a Star Wars fan since she was five years old, and talks about how much John Wiliams’ work has influenced her: “For me, the tentpoles are set out by John Williams. There are elements to the show that is new and fresh, and I’ve been able to have my own interpretation with elements—that I can’t reveal. So it’s been glorious, working with my hero and also bringing my own voice to the show.”
The audience has yet to hear any of Holt’s soundtrack; instead, the Obi-Wan Kenobi teaser repurposed the legendary Star Wars theme “Duel of the Fates” to generate more suspense. Holt was willing to at least preview what fans should expect when John Williams’ fresh Obi-Wan theme will ultimately be aired:
“It’s reflective, and it’s just entirely appropriate. And it distills what the show is about in just the perfect way that John Williams can. It’s wistful, but there’s an element of hope to it. It’s doing something new and I think people are going to be really blown away by it.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi will premiere on May 27, 2022, exclusively on Disney+.