Solo: A Star Wars Story is currently being promoted with a series of stylish, colourful posters. According to one French artist, those posters are plagiarising his work.
The accuser is Hachim Bahous, an artist who designed a series of album covers for Sony Music France that, according to him, lay out the template followed by Disney’s Solo posters. He posted a comparison shot on Facebook, originally in French, with Disney’s work on one side and his own on the other, along with text saying, in part: “I am flattered that the quality of my work is recognised, 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!”
The Facebook post has since been made private, but you can see the original comparison below:
The posters, designed by BLT Communications according to IMP Awards, share some visual elements with Bahous’s work, including stylised typography, featuring images inside the lettering, and similar vibrant colour schemes. The individual artists behind the Solo posters are at this time unknown, and there does not seem to be any extant commentary from the creators or Disney discussing the stylistic influences or inspiration behind the posters.
Gizmodo has reached out to Disney for comment on Bahous’s allegations, but as of press time have not heard back. Solo: A Star Wars Story is due to be released in cinemas May 25, 2018. [Facebook]