Film composer extraordinaire John Williams will soon be saying goodbye to the Star Wars franchise.
Williams, who crafted the hugely influential score for Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope and has composed every Star Wars film apart from spinoffs Rogue One (composed by Michael Giacchino) and the upcoming Solo (composed by John Powell), will be leaving the franchise after the ninth episode.
“We know J.J. Abrams is preparing one [Star Wars film] that I will hopefully do next year for him,” Williams winner said in an interview with radio station KUSC (via The Wrap). “I look forward to it. It will round out a series of nine – that will be quite enough for me.”
The acclaimed composer earned his astonishing 51st Oscar nomination for his work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The sheer number of noms gives Williams the record for the most Oscar nominations lost, but he has won five.
Williams’ many, many memorable works include Jaws, Superman, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Indiana Jones, Home Alone, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, and Harry Potter. He recently worked with Spielberg on The Post and is set to continue collaborating with the filmmaker on The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.
Star Wars: Episode IX, Abrams’ second film in the franchise after The Force Awakens, is scheduled for U.S. release on December 20, 2019.