Is the Han Solo Star Wars film getting a radically different title in China?

Could the next Star Wars film drop the Star Wars?

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The next Star Wars film could be undergoing a major title change for its release in China – by dropping the Star Wars.

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According to Chinese film market analyst Gavin Feng, reporting on a story from movie website Mtime, anthology film Solo: A Star Wars Story will become Ranger Solo, thanks to the waning popularity of Star Wars in China.

The return of the franchise to cinemas saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens take $124 million at the Chinese box office but follow-ups Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – the first anthology film – and Star Wars: The Last Jedi earned just $69 million and $41 million respectively.

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According to Feng, that means the film will be promoted with the Chinese characters 游侠索罗, which translate as Ranger Solo, but will drop 星球大战, which read as Star Wars.