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J.J. Abrams enlists Hamilton composer Lin-Manuel Miranda for new cantina scene

It may be nearly impossible to replace John Williams, but when looking for someone new to score a scene for Star Wars, going to the most talked about composer in recent years is a good start.

Last night on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams confirmed that he had teamed up with Lin-Manuel Miranda the creator, composer and star of Broadway's Hamilton to write music for a new cantina scene.

Abrams told Fallon that although he doesn't have much time these days outside of Star Wars to do anything, he and his son were in New York City and took in Miranda's play. During intermission, Miranda came up to him and jokingly said "Hey, if you need music for the cantina, I'll write it."

Abrams added that Williams, who did score the majority of The Force Awakens, had previously told him that he didn't want to do the cantina scene, so the director took the presented opportunity and hired Miranda to compose the music.

"We've never discussed this before, so he might kill me," Abrams said after telling Fallon the story.

Hamilton, which is currently playing on Broadway, is a musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States who was killed in a duel with a political rival. It debuted off-Broadway in February, but moved in August after receiving unprecedented box office pre-order tickets and critical acclaim.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens Dec. 18.

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