Longtime Star Wars composer John Williams has decided to stop scoring films for the franchise after the release of Episode IX.
In an interview with California radio station KUSC, Williams explained that he will probably step down from his role after the release of Episode IX, which is slated for a 2019 release. When speaking with KUSC, Williams said, “We know JJ Abrams is preparing one [Episode IX] now that I will hopefully do next year for him. I look forward it. It will round out a series of nine, that will be quite enough for me.”
Williams has composed the first two Star Wars trilogies, while Michael Giacchino composed 2016’s Rogue One, and John Powell will helm the score for the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Williams is also notable for his scores for Indiana Jones, ET, Jaws, and Harry Potter. He has been nominated for more Academy Awards than any other person in history, including his recent nomination for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.