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J.J. Abrams Recruits 'Hamilton' Creator Lin Manuel-Miranda for New 'Star Wars' Cantina Scene

Eric Ogden
Lin-Manuel Miranda photographed on July 20, 2015 at the Richard Rodgers Theater in New York City.

With Star Wars: The Force Awakens lighting up theaters in three weeks (opening Dec. 18), the blockbuster’s mastermind J.J. Abrams has joined forces with an unlikely musical partner: Hamilton creator, Lin Manuel-Miranda.

Theater and sci-fi geeks alike freaked when Abrams let the news slip on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (Nov. 30), revealing that Miranda will be lending his talents to new cantina music for Episode VII.

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"I go to see [Hamilton] with our son and at intermission, Lin-Manuel Miranda comes up to me and says, 'Hey if you need music for the [Star Wars] Cantina, I'll write it,” recalls Abrams. He notes that composer John Williams, who helmed the original cantina scene in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, declined to tackle it this go-round.

Miranda’s Hamilton is currently dominating Broadway -- and the Billboard charts --  with its R&B, pop and rap-influenced take on the story of Alexander Hamilton. Tacking Miranda to the list of credits in the new Star Wars flick even made one of Tonight Show’s resident band men Questlove (also an EP on the Hamilton cast album) say, “Mind blown.” Same, Quest, same.

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