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19 March 2014, 09:52
Dancing On The Stars, the phenomenally popular US TV dancing competition, was treated to a little bit of movie magic in its latest episode, when John Williams' music from Star Wars soundtracked one of the dances.
Billy Dee Williams, himself an actor from the original Star Wars movies, danced the cha-cha-cha to the main theme of John Williams' Star Wars (albeit in the popular disco version by Meco from 1977). The segment also featured a snippet of Williams' Cantina Band music from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
Williams, who appeared in both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as Lando Calrissian, was given a muted critical reception for his dancing efforts, despite being well into his 70s and having had two hip replacements.
John Williams is one of the few confirmed talents returning to the Star Wars franchise for its new instalments, due in 2015. He composed the soundtracks for all the official Star Wars films, starting with A New Hope in 1977 and culminating with Revenge of the Sith in 2005.
You can watch the whole dance below: