“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote the movie, Hola-Arkansas.com reports.
On the show, the 49-year-old director made a huge reveal about the music in the film.
“I saw Hamilton, the play, which is amazing. It’s an incredible musical. Beyond belief! I go to see this show with our son and at intermission, Lin-Manuel Miranda who wrote it and conceived it and normally stars in it, he wasn’t in it that night, comes up to me and he says, Hi.
And my mind is blown because he’s so brilliant.
And he says, ‘Hey, if you need music for the cantina, I’ll write it.’ And walks off. I’m like, ‘Does he know?’ J.J. told Jimmy Fallon.
“Basically, we have a scene that’s sort of our version of the cantina scene. John Williams, the master composer, said, ‘J.J., baby, I’d rather not write the music for that scene because I’d rather write the score.’
I end up e-mailing Lin-Manuel Miranda and I say, ‘I know you were kidding but if you actually want to write this music, I’m actually working on something if you want.’
He’s like, ‘I’ll drop everything!’ I’m like, ‘All right!’ J.J. continued.
Speaking to EFE, Miranda said that “there are dreams from childhood that never come true. I could never had dreamt of something this big, so I see my contribution to the music of Star Wars as a dream . . . . The rhythms of this musical homage are like our people, Caribbean rhythms, but I can’t say any more because if I do Darth Vader will kill me.”
Star Wars, however, is not Miranda’s only film project. He is working on the music for Moana, an animated film, and on a film version of his musical In the Heights.
Miranda, like many of his generation, grew up with Star Wars. “in my opinion,” he said, “the power and emotion of the film comes from John Williams’ incredible score. To me, J.J. Abrams, like Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, are my heroes. What I said to J.J. was a joke, not knowing that I was creating my own opportunity, which is also an opportunity for our people.”
Other Caribbean artists in the film are Gustavo Dudamel, the Venezuelan director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, who directed part of the score, the Mexican-Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o, and the Guatemalan actor Oscar Isaac.