Rough Chinese Box Office for ‘The Last Jedi’ Leads to ‘Solo’ Being Renamed
Following a disappointing performance for Star Wars: The Last Jedi in China, Disney and Lucasfilm are taking a different approach for the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story.
According to a media analyst who follows the Chinese film market, the Chinese characters for Star Wars are being removed from the film and it will be called Ranger Solo. All previous movies have included the characters for Star Wars in their titles.
The Last Jedi made $41 million in its three-week release in China. The Force Awakens made $124 million.
Solo tells the story of young Han Solo as he meets Chewie, wins the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian and becomes the best smuggler in the galaxy.
Directed by Ron Howard and starring Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Joonas Suotamo, Emilia Clarke, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany and Woody Harrelson, Solo: A Star Wars Story flies into theaters May 25.