This probably isn’t the type of press that Disney was hoping Solo: A Star Wars Story would be getting less than three months before its release. The studio is being accused of plagiarizing a French artist with its posters for the Han Solo standalone movie.
Hachim Bahous, the artist behind a series of album covers released by Sony Music in France, claims that the Solo posters made liberal use of his own work in a post on Facebook that has since been taken down. “I am flattered that the quality of my work is recognized, but it is still pure and simple forgery, I have not been asked for my permission, I wish to be credited and paid for this work I have done for Sony,” he wrote in the post.
Along with the message, Bahous shared a side-by-side image of the posters and his album art. All it takes is a quick glance to see how similar the posters and album covers are–from overall design to the color schemes used for each.
Now Disney is speaking out about the controversy, telling The Hollywood Reporter that it’s investigating the alleged plagiarism. “The posters were created by an outside vendor and it’s something we are currently looking into,” the company says in a statement.
The poster debacle is just the latest bit of controversy for the Han Solo movie, which saw its directors fired in the middle of production back in June. The duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller were replaced by Ron Howard, who finished filming the movie. Regardless of the outcome of Disney’s poster investigation, though, there’s no stopping Solo: A Star Wars Story now. It hits theaters on May 25.
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Author: Chris E. Hayner
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