Legendary Star Wars composer John Williams to call it quits after 'Episode IX'

Legendary Star Wars composer John Williams has indicated that he will only provide the score for one more franchise movie.

Williams, known for being a frequent collaborator with Steven Speilberg, has also handled the soundtracks for Jaws, ET, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and more over his illustrious career.

John Williams accepts the Life Achievement Award onstage during American Film Institute’s 44th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute show to John Williams at Dolby Theatre on June 9, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Turner)

The film music icon recently spoke to California radio station KUSC when he suggested that he would quit the Star Wars franchise after Episode IX, which is to be directed by JJ Abrams and expected in 2019.

Williams has scored eight Star Wars films to date: the original Star Wars, its original sequels 'The Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return Of The Jedi'; the later prequels 'The Phantom Menace', 'Attack of the Clones' and 'Revenge of the Sith'; as well as Abrams' latest installments, 'The Force Awakens' and 'The Last Jedi'.

He passed the honor on to Michael Giacchinos for 2016’s 'Rogue One', while John Powell will score this year’s spin-off, 'Solo: A Star Wars Story.' In the interview with KUSC, Williams said: “We know JJ Abrams is preparing one [Star Wars movie] 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."

In an interview back in 2016, Williams admitted to The Mirror that he hadn’t watched any of the Star Wars movies that he scored, describing his soundtracks for the films as “not very memorable”.

“I have not looked at the Star Wars films and that’s absolutely true," said Williams. "When I’m finished with a film, I’ve been living with it, we’ve been dubbing it, recording to it, and so on. You walk out of the studio and, ‘Ah, it’s finished.'”

“Now I don’t have an impulse to go to the theatre and look at it,” he added. “Maybe some people find that weird, or listen to recordings of my music very, very rarely.”

The latest spin-off from the franchise series, 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' hits theaters on May 25. 

It stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, and Donald Glover as Lando, plus Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Watch the trailer to the film below:

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