Golden Globe winning actor Alan Rickman has died after a fight with cancer at the age of 69. The British actor was famous around the globe for his roles as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter franchise, and as villain Hans Gruber in the original Die Hard, opposite Bruce Willis. Having worked as an actor, writer, and director, Rickman was a veteran of both the stage and screen, appearing in such Broadway productions as Private Lives in the West End and in films including Galaxy Quest, Love Actually, Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland, Lee Daniel’s The Butler, Dogma, Sense and Sensibility, and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. His absence from the world of acting and filmmaking will sorely be missed in the years to come.
Hans Zimmer has composed some of the most memorable film scores in Hollywood, working on projects that include The Lion King, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Dark Knight, Inception, Black Hawk Down, The DaVinci Code, Face/Off, I Am Sam, and Gladiator to name just a few. The composer is also currently working on director Chris Nolan’s upcoming space-epic, Interstellar, which is set to come out later this year, but his next project may be a return to the comic-book genre with Zack Snyder’s upcoming sequel to Man of Steel, which is still only known as Batman vs. Superman. The project is scheduled to be released sometime in 2016, but Zimmer is still not positive he will want to work on the new project, especially given his past work with Nolan and the Batman character in The Dark Knight series, but he has not officially ruled it out yet either. One can understand his hesitation: it would be a huge responsibility to compose a score that brings new themes to a character that you have already spent a great deal of time with. That being said, the Oscar winner, given his talent and track record, would undoubtedly be a great contribution to the new film, which Zimmer hopes will be totally separate from Nolan’s trilogy. Let’s hope that he decides to take the job!