John Williams to retire from Star Wars after next movie

Episode 9 will be the composer's final piece of work in the sci-fi saga.
Published March 7, 2018

John Williams, the Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer behind so many epic movie scores over the last half century, has announced he will retire from scoring the Star Wars movies after Episode 9.

William, 86,  has been the expert hand behind all the main films in the Star Wars franchise, with his score for the original 1977 film winning an Oscar for original score.

"We know J.J. Abrams is preparing [Star Wars: Episode IX] now that I will hopefully do next year for him," Williams said in a radio interview. "I look forward to it. It will round out a series of nine, that will be quite enough for me."

Star Wars Episode 9 is expected to be released in December 2019. The title of the episode is still unknown.

Williams has won five Academy Awards for his movie work to date. His work on Star Wars episodes 4 through 8 were all nominated for Oscars. His compositions for episodes 1 and 3 received Grammy nominations.

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