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John Williams Will Quit the Franchise After Star Wars: Episode IX

John Williams, having composed the iconic scores for every major Star Wars installment since the franchise began decades back, has decided to call it a day after he is done composing the score of the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX installment.

The legendary musician has retained himself for the science fiction franchise all these years. Once the new installment opens in theaters next year, he will have composed scores for all nine main installments in the epic saga.

Speaking with radio station KUSC (via IGN) this week, Williams stated that he is looking forward to the next Star Wars project. However, that will be the last in the line for him where the franchise is concerned.

While he did not offer any explanation, there was a hint of tiredness in his tone, which is understandable because he has been sticking with Star Wars for more than four decades now.

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

Star Wars: Episode IX will be the third and final installment in the sequel trilogy. The movie is set to be directed by J.J. Abrams and will see the return of many characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).

Star Wars: Episode IX is slated to open in theaters on December 20, 2019, with principal photography expected to begin in July 2018.