the force awakens cantina song

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is stuffed full of so many easter eggs and hidden in-jokes that you could write an entire article trying to track down as many as humanly possible. And just when you think you’ve got to the bottom of them all – A cameo from Daniel Craig! A Stormtrooper voiced by Kevin Smith – another little piece piece of trivia rears its head. Well, here’s the latest piece of information you can use to inform you friends and frighten strangers at bars: the Force Awakens cantina scene features the vocal stylings of director J.J. Abrams.

This interesting little tidbit was revealed in an Entertainment Tonight video, which you can watch below. But we’ll run through the basic gist of it. J.J. Abrams recruited Lin-Manuel Miranda, the mastermind behind Broadway’s smash hit Hamilton and one of the songwriters on Disney’s upcoming Moana, to write a song for the scene where Han Solo, Rey, and Finn journey into Maz Kanata’s colorful dive bar. Like the famous cantina scene in the original 1977 Star Wars, this sequence features an assortment of aliens enjoying drinks, taking a load off, and listening to live music. Although we knew that Miranda contributed music and vocals, he only just now revealed that Abrams is singing along with him on the track.

Miranda had this to say at BroadwayCon:

“I got a screening together for the Hamilton cast and crew. It was really fun because we just all burst into cheers. And it’s J.J. and I singing on the track. It’s one level of surreal to write something for a movie, but it’s another to hear your voice in a Star Wars movie.”

And before we stray any further…how come none of you have told us that BroadwayCon was an actual thing that exists? I thought we were friends!

So here’s the question now – how long until the singers played by Abrams and Miranda have a detailed backstory and a lengthy entry Wookieepedia entry? Because if those Mos Eisley cantina aliens can all get fairly thorough backstories, then surely singing aliens performed by one of Broadway’s biggest stars and one of the most successful modern filmmakers deserve similar treatments. We don’t make many demands of the Lucasfilm story group, but we’re going to need this taken care of right away. Thanks.

Since this song isn’t currently available (it’s not on the official soundtrack), you’ll just have to go see the movie for the tenth time so you can pick out Abrams’ voice.

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