John Williams says he's scoring Star Wars: Episode IX for J.J. Abrams

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Jan 10, 2018, 5:14 PM EST

Now that Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been released, it's time to start thinking about the franchise's future, particularly where it will go in the next installment, Episode IX, in 2019. The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams is returning to close out the trilogy, but he's not the only behind-the-camera alum to do so. In a recent interview with Variety, legendary composer John Williams confirmed that he will return to write and compose the music for the next movie, with the trade reporting that Williams told Abrams that he's onboard. 

“I would very much like to complete that,” said Williams, who has done the music for every Star Wars movie since 1977, excluding The Clone Wars (Kevin Kiner) and Rogue One (Michael Giacchino). Nevertheless, his iconic themes have been featured in some way, shape, or form in every film in the franchise. He'll even write the main cue for Solo: A Star Wars Story while John Powell handles the rest of the score. To put it another way, the Star Wars movies are nothing without the incomparable tunes of Williams.

While discussing The Last Jedi, he elaborated on placing all the themes in their proper places. “When we see Rey, we want to hear Rey’s theme,” Williams said. “And when the Force is referred to or felt, we want to hear the Force theme, and so on. We hope that these references make sense to the fans and make the aural connections that we want them to have.”

According to The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, the 85-year-old composer had the most fun on the Canto Bight casino scenes, which feature an island-like companion piece to his "Cantina Band" theme from A New Hope. “There were guys pulling out plastic trumpets and dog-chew toys to be used as plungers,” said Johnson. “John was like a little kid that day.”