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‘Star Wars’ Composer John Williams to Quit Franchise After Episode IX

Composer has scored eight ”Star Wars“ films to date

John Williams says that “Star Wars: Episode IX” will be the last movie in the franchise he will score.

“We know J.J. Abrams is preparing one [‘Star Wars’ movie] now that I will hopefully do next year for him,” Williams said on radio station KUSC. “I look forward it. It will round out a series of nine, that will be quite enough for me.”

Williams has scored eight “Star Wars” films to date: “Star Wars,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi,” “Phantom Menace,” “Attack of the Clones,” “Revenge of the Sith,” “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi.”

2016’s “Rogue One” score was scored by Michael Giacchino, while John Powell is set to score this year’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

Williams’ other credits include “Jaws,” “Indiana Jones, “Catch Me If You Can,” “Munich,” “Minority Report” and “Harry Potter.” He has received 51 Oscar nominations for his music, and he won in 1994 for “Schindler’s List,” in 1983 for “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and in 1978 for “Star Wars.” In 1976, he won the Oscar for “Jaws” and in 1972, he received the award for “Fiddler on the Roof.”

“Episode IX” will be directed by Abrams and will serve as the conclusion of the latest “Star Wars” trilogy. Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac and John Boyega are expected to return when the film hits theaters on December 20, 2019.

Listen to Williams’ radio interview here.