Composer John Williams will be vying for his sixth Oscar this weekend, after earning his record-breaking 51st Oscar nomination for his incredible score for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. While it has long been expected that he will be back for director J.J. Abrams' Star Wars 9, the composer revealed in a new interview that it may be his last Star Wars movie. Here's what John Williams had to say in a new interview.
"We know J.J. Abrams is preparing (Episode IX) now, that I will hopefuly do next year for him. I look forward to it. It will round out a series of nine (films). That will be quite enough for me. Disney Studios probably will take it further. As you know, Disney has acquired the rights for LucasFilm, and they will probably continue on through... decades, possibly, doing Star Wars-related attractions."
While the news is certainly sad for longtime Star Wars fans, many of whom consider John Williams' score among the best attributes of the entire franchise, it's also not terribly surprising. The 2016 spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story featured a score composed by Michael Giacchino (Jurassic World), and this year's Solo: A Star Wars Story will have a score composed by John Powell (Bourne franchise). Though, John Williams is scoring a Han Solo theme for the movie. All nine movies in the "Skywalker Saga" will be scored by John Williams, but it seems that will mark the end of his Star Wars run. He will be back to score Indiana Jones 5, though. Here's what the composer had to say about how no one was expecting that there would even be a second movie, let alone a thriving franchise more than 40 years later.
"When we talk about Star Wars, doing the first film in 1977, none of us had any idea that there would be a second film. And I don't think George Lucas had that idea in his mind either. So it's developed in the most amazing way. The families. Rey's parents might be identified to us in the next film. I hope so. Rey, of course, is played by Daisy Ridley, who I so loved in The Force Awakens, and last year, when Kathy Kennedy rang me up and said, 'Would you do the music for The Last Jedi?' I said, 'Is Daisy in it?' And she said, 'Yes,' so I said 'Yes.'"
Both John Williams and the interviewer at KUSC also revealed that they don't believe Rey's parents were just random people who left her in the desert, adding more fuel to the theories that there is much more to her origins than meets the eye. Even if John Williams does retire from Star Wars, the 86-year-old composer has showed no signs of slowing down, providing the score for Steven Spielberg's The Post, which will be vying for Best Picture on Oscar Sunday, and he is also expected to provide the score for Disney's new Indiana Jones movie. You can listen to John Williams' full audio interview at KUSC.org.