With so many legendary figures like Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford returning to the big screen for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘, it was great to hear that so many driving forces responsible for the original trilogy were returning as well. Director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy have brought in some big guns behind the scenes such as screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and poster artist Drew Struzan, but another ‘Star Wars’ film simply couldn’t be made without another iconic score from John Williams. The music that he composed for the films is as synonymous with the franchise as a lightsaber or the Death Star and now we can get a sneak peek at what he has in store for the highly anticipated next chapter of this beloved saga.

On Sunday, ’60 Minutes’ will delve deeper into ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ as Bill Whitaker interviews Abrams about many aspects of his upcoming film, including Williams’ score. As a preview of the piece, CBS released a preview of the story that includes a new look at the composer and his orchestra (and a very excited filmmaker watching it all come together):

It’s also interesting to note that the score for ‘The Force Awakens’ is the first of the series to be recorded outside of London. Over the course of twelve sessions between June and November, the 90-piece orchestra created around 175 of music. However, as the film was being edited, it was said that nearly an hour of that material was either discarded, modified, or rerecorded in some way. And though we’re in store for a nearly entirely new musical experience, there will be references to the ‘Star Wars’ music that we’ve all come to know and love, as you can hear in the video.

What do you think about John Williams returning to a galaxy far, far away for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’? Are you excited to hear the score that he has created for the new movie? Let us know in the comments. 

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ starring John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker hits theaters on December 18, 2015.