The super-swaggy character posters for Solo came out in February along with the trailer, giving the Star Wars prequel a quaint pop art vibe. They also happen to be almost identical to a series of album covers designed in 2015 by Hachim Bahous, who shared the similarities on Facebook.
“I am flattered that the quality of my work is recognized, but it is still pure and simple forgery,” Bahous wrote (translated from French). “I have not been asked for my permission, I wish to be credited and paid for this work I have done for Sony!”
He went on to tag several other artists who collaborated on the project, a series of compilations released by Sony.
This doesn’t reflect well on Disney, which could have hired anywhere from one to 1,000 artists to create posters for Solo. Coincidences happen – art experiences cycles and trends that can popularize similar aesthetics at the same time – but these pieces are way too similar for it to be random. Graphic designer Adam Levermore (quoted above) points out that it’s entirely possible Disney approached Sony for this design and that neither company notified Bahous – nor would they necessarily be required to.
With Solo still over two months away, will Disney pull the posters? Will the company formally – or privately – address Bahous, or will the Solo team hope this blows over? Mashable reached out to Disney for comment.
Solo hits theaters May 25.