John Williams may soon be making his last trip to a galaxy far, far away.
In an interview with radio station KUSC, the legendary composer said that the upcoming Episode IX will most likely be the last time he scores a Star Wars movie.
“We know J.J. Abrams is preparing one now that I will hopefully do next year for him,” Williams said. “I look forward to it, and we’ll round out a series of nine that will be quite enough for me.”
The 86-year-old Williams has scored all eight of the main Star Wars movies, with Michael Giacchino handling the music for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. With 51 Academy Award nominations, Williams is the second-most-nominated individual of all time, just behind Walt Disney with 59.
Williams also revealed that his favorite character in the new films is Daisy Ridley’s Rey, who he “so loved in The Force Awakens.” In fact, it was Ridley who made him most want to be involved with The Last Jedi and the as-yet-untitled ninth film.
“Last year when [producer] Kathy Kennedy rang me up and said, ‘Would you do the music for The Last Jedi?’ I said to her, ‘Is Daisy in it?'” Williams said with a laugh. “And she said yes, so I said yes!”
Williams also paid tribute to the late Carrie Fisher, who died before the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
“I think it possibly might be argued that she did her best work in this last film,” he said. “I remember so well the scene between Luke and Leia where they meet, and it’s really very deeply touching, I thought. I didn’t know Carrie very well, but I always enjoyed her humor and her wit, and it’s a great loss. She made quite an impression worldwide in her role as Princess Leia.”
Abrams is returning to direct the untitled Episode IX, which is scheduled to hit theaters Dec. 20, 2019.