Rogue One Music Syncs Up Perfectly With Star Wars’ 'Imperial March'

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One of the coolest and most controversial things about the latest Star Wars movie is how it incorporates the series’ past. Now it’s been discovered that, aside from folding in characters and digitals recreations of actors from the original trilogy, Rogue One secretly has a musical homage to those movies, too.


Folks on the internet—Redditor cyborgcommando0 and Tufts University professor Frank Lehmann, specifically—noticed that the “Hope” theme from the Rogue One soundtrack had strong similarities to the Imperial March. It turns out that the choral element from “Hope” matches the horn fanfare from the iconic Episode V theme when sped up.

Subtly splicing in that motif is a very cool way of acknowledging the links between the movies. Hats off to composer Michael Giacchino.


Keyan Reid

There are some things I really like about the soundtrack (I love it whenever Saw and his group are on screen, for instance), but for the most part, the whole thing just gives you Star Wars blue balls.

It gives you just enough of classic Star Wars melodies to lure you in and get you pumped, but then it changes and gets weird on you, leaving you hanging and unsatisfied.