Following the lukewarm reception to Star Wars: The Last Jedi in China, the upcoming film focused on Han Solo will be retitled for its release in the Middle Kingdom.
The film's Chinese release will drop "Star Wars" from the title entirely, instead referring to the film just as Ranger Solo, according to Chinese media and as reported by Gavin Feng on Twitter.
According to local media Mtime, Official Chinese title of Solo: A Star Wars Story is Ranger Solo(游侠索罗). And STAR WARS(星球大战) is abandoned in Solo’s local title after Star Wars: The Last Jedi flopped in China. pic.twitter.com/FsOTZcxENW— Gavin Feng (@gavinfeng97) January 26, 2018
The Last Jedi has already earned almost $1.3 billion worldwide. However, the film only made around $41 million in China, which is certainly much lower than Disney was hoping the newest installment in the blockbuster franchise would bring in there.
Star Wars has had a tumultuous box-office history in China, as evidenced by the performance of The Force Awakens there. While the film did fantastically stateside on its way to a record-setting No. 1 spot, the franchise revival only finished 13th on China’s charts for 2016.
Based off a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, in addition to Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Michael K. Williams and Woody Harrelson. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on May 25, 2018.