A Star Wars movie release is never complete without a little controversy. While fans anxiously wait for the new Han Solo standalone movie Solo: A Star Wars Story, which will be released in theaters May 28, one French artist is feeling substantially more bitter towards the franchise.
Hachim Bahous noticed that the most recent Solo character-themed posters look suspiciously similar to a series of album covers designed by him in 2015. The album covers were created for anthologies produced by Sony. The Solo posters of Solo, Lando, Chewbacca, and Qi’ra (the film's main characters) are undeniably comparable to Bahous's art, with an overlapping color palette and a similar style to his work. The French artist expressed his annoyance on Facebook.
Bahous wrote in French, with translation provided by Google, "I am flattered that the quality of my work is recognized, but it’s still a pure forgery. I was not asked my authorization, I want to be credited and paid for this work that I did for Sony!" Disney has not commented on this accusation.
This is not the first dramatic experience for Solo: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the original directors of the film, were fired from the movie last year. The shakeup meant that the film had to undergo a whole lot of reshooting, but the May release date has remained consistent.
The film, directed by Ron Howard, stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. A brand new character Qi'ra, played by Emilia Clarke, will also be introduced in Solo.