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'Insurgent' finds its composer: What to expect from the new score

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Listen up, Divergentees! Joseph Trapanese will work as the sole composer on Insurgent, EW has confirmed.

Trapanese, who worked on the original film, Divergent, as an additional music arranger, first revealed the news in an interview with Hitfix, and also gave fans of the series a little taste of what to expect. “The first film had a lot of sounds in it, very song-driven from artists like Woodkid and Ellie Goulding,” he said. “It gave the film something to hold on to, to really bring you through the journey. This film, there’s a lot more danger and a lot more at stake. We’ve vacated the song-based soundtrack, relied more on the score. The score is darker and more intense.”

He could not, however, reveal whether Goulding would return for the Divergent sequel, or if he would be working with guest and featured vocalists.

“Not only can I not talk about it, but I haven’t finished the score yet. We’ve scored about two-thirds to three-quarters of the film, about to dive into the final steps,” Trapanese said. “With digital filmmaking, everything can be changed, which is a good and bad thing. Before, you have to be bound to a decision. Now, it’s also great but challenging if, later in the game, we have to tweak those decisions. We’ve been working on this since July, slowly. We’ve been talking about it since March.”

Read the full Q&A at Hitfix.