Without the incredible talent of John Williams, Star Wars wouldn’t be the same. A staple of all three trilogies, the composer has now announced that though he will return for Episode IX, it will be his last film in the franchise.
When he appeared on radio station KUSC, Williams said that following the conclusion of the new trilogy, he’s finished with Star Wars:
“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.”
Williams has provided the soundtrack to the past eight Star Wars films, however he handed over the scoring duties for the spinoffs – Rogue One and the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story – to other composers: Michael Giacchino on Rogue One, and John Powell on Solo, with a small assist from Williams when it came to the theme.
It’s safe to say that without John Williams, Star Wars will never be the same. However, Williams’ work can be heard next in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.