J.J. Abrams Wrote The Force Awakens’ Cantina Music with Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda

How does a bastard, orphan, son of a Sith and a queen
Dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot on Tattooine…

And here I thought my favorite remix of the Star Wars Cantina music would always be the disco theme. On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, J.J. Abrams revealed yet another talented collaborator on the new Star Wars trilogy: Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda!

Turns out that Miranda—who wonderfully nerds out about theater, rap, and nearly everything else under the sun—approached Abrams during the intermission at Hamilton and joked, “Hey, if you need music for the Cantina, I’ll write it!” And it also turns out that John Williams was too busy writing the score for The Force Awakens that he actually asked Abrams to find someone else to update the famous Cantina theme. So when Abrams emailed Miranda to take him up on his offer, the response was, “I’ll drop everything!”

Well, in actuality, Miranda juggled his Star Wars collaboration alongside starring in Hamilton most days and nights a week, as he clarified on Twitter:

Lin-Manuel Miranda Cantina music Star Wars: The Force Awakens

So, here’s the important question… Are we returning to Mos Eisley on Tattooine? Or have Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes relocated to Jakku, or another destination in The Force Awakens? Is it the same guys, or have they passed on their infectious music to their descendants? Forget the Rey/Finn/Kylo Ren mysteries, let’s find out what happened to the Modal Nodes! On a similarly tongue-in-cheek note, Abrams’ news prompted the creation of the hashtags #LinManuelsStarWars and #Force4Ham:

#LinManuelsStarWars #Force4Ham tweets

#LinManuelsStarWars #Force4Ham tweets

#LinManuelsStarWars #Force4Ham tweets

#LinManuelsStarWars #Force4Ham tweets

#LinManuelsStarWars #Force4Ham tweets

On Jakku you can be a new man…


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