‘Star Wars’ composer John Williams to quit franchise after Episode IX

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.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Prince Harry and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Prince Harry and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: (L-R) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Eddie Mulholland - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and Prince Harry attend the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and Prince Harry attend the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Prince Harry is pictured with a Stormtroppers helmet as he attends the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is pictured with a Stormtroppers helmet and Eloisa Lerner, 8 yeard old, as they attend the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Actors Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill attend the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Daisy Ridley (left) and Mark Hamill attending the european premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi held at The Royal Albert Hall, London. (Photo by Matt Crossick/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry attend the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein / WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Actress Daisy Ridley attends the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Actress Laura Dern attends the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Actress Kelly Marie Tran attends the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Gwendoline Christie attending the european premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi held at The Royal Albert Hall, London. (Photo by Matt Crossick/PA Images via Getty Images)
Daisy Ridley attending the european premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi held at The Royal Albert Hall, London. (Photo by Matt Crossick/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: John Boyega attends the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at the Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Kelly Marie Tran attends the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Actor Adam Driver attends the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Actor John Boyega attends the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Actors Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill attend the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Actor Mark Hamill attends the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
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