‘Hamilton’ Creator Wrote Music for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

You’d think Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of Broadway hypemagnet “Hamilton,” would have hit peak pop-culture saturation by now, but then he had to go and top himself: The writer-composer-actor also wrote new music for a cantina scene in the upcoming blockbuster “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

The film’s director, J.J. Abrams, revealed Miranda’s participation on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” throwing in a little of the backstory of how the Broadway creative got involved in “The Force Awakens.”

In the clip, Abrams recalls that he met Miranda at intermission during one of the performances of “Hamilton” in which Miranda wasn’t appearing. Miranda introduced himself and made a jokey offer to write new cantina music — not knowing that Abrams was on the hunt for someone to write a tune for a “Force Awakens” version of the famous cantina scene in “Star Wars: A New Hope.” (Composer John Williams, who wrote the original cantina music, had wanted to bow out and concentrate on the rest of the new film’s score.)

Miranda confirmed the news on his own, very active twitter feed.

Exact details of the song, and the scene in which it appears, remain under wraps. But however the tune is used, it’s just one more thing that makes Miranda the it-boy of musical theater, and “Hamilton” the kind of cultural juggernaut that Broadway hasn’t spawned in years.

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