The 'Star Wars: Force Awakens' Chinese Poster Looks Suspiciously Different
It looks like the Chinese prefer bigger droids, more stormtroopers -- and smaller non-white characters.
While everyone stateside has marked their calendars on December 18 as the day the movie gods will drop a Star Wars: The Force Awakens-shaped bomb on our shamelessly geeked-out eyes, the world’s second biggest movie market won’t have that pleasure. Instead, J.J. Abrams’ newest installment of the Star Wars saga will open in China on January 9.
To mark the occasion, China received its own version of the now iconic poster design. But something is a bit off.
See if you can spot the difference between these two:
The poster on display in the USA:
And here’s the new poster for China:
Here they are side by side:
On the Chinese poster, we see Kylo Ren and Rey, Han and Leia, Captain Phasma herself, BB-8, and even our old favorite droids C-3PO and R2-D2.
But whoa, wait a second. Where’s Chewbacca, and why is John Boyega’s character Finn — the male lead of The Force Awakens no less — relegated to a minuscule size on the right of the poster?
Why has every non-white character been minimized, and where did Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron and Lupita Nyongo’s bespectacled little alien character Maz Kanata go?
It looks like the Chinese prefer bigger droids, more TIE fighters, and lots more stormtroopers. As mentioned on Quartz, this reminds us of that time Chewie got stiffed out of a medal at the end of A New Hope even though he helped blow up the Death Star.
While it may be just a stylistic choice for another market, these are still some suspicious exclusions.