A French artist claims Disney stole his designs for its Solo: A Star Wars Story posters

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Dec 17, 2018, 8:00 PM EST (Updated)

Solo: A Star Wars Story is gearing up to make the jump to hyperspace when it hits theaters in just a few weeks, but it’s encountered another snag along the way. 

A French artist, Hachim Bahous, is claiming his designs for Sony Music in France were taken by Disney to use in the designs of the posters for Solo: A Star Wars Story. His work was done for musical albums of The Legacy of Electronic Funk, The Legacy of Jazz, The Legacy of Funk, and The Legacy of Soul, all of which were released in 2016.

"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!" wrote Bahous in a Facebook post where he placed the posters next to each album. You'll also see that the post was originally typed in French and with any translations done with the social media's own translation capabilities. 

"Left the official posters of the next Star Wars (Disney), right the compiles for which I made the creation in 2015 for Sony Music France / Legacy Recordings France following the brief of the project leader Romain 'Rpiz' Pizon," Bahous also wrote. "A thought for everyone who worked hard on this very beautiful project: Dj Reverend P (Patrice Larrar), Richard Lecocq, Aurélien Orel, David Hachour, Yazid Manou and Yazid Manou So Romain 'Rpiz' Pizon. #LegacyOfStarWars." 

Right now, if you want to corroborate Bahous' claim, you can only find the album cover for The Legacy of Electronic Funk on Amazon and The Legacy of Funk on Barnes & Noble. The other albums are on Amazon too but have different covers, which may only be available in Europe. 

"The posters were created by an outside vendor and it’s something we are currently looking into," a spokesman for Disney said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

The day the film's full trailer dropped online (the morning after the Super Bowl), Disney released four character posters for Han (Alden Ehrenreich), Qi'Ra (Emilia Clarke), Lando (Donald Glover), and Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo). You can see all of them here. In February, LEGO revealed parodies of the four posters, with its own figurines taking the places of the actors.

This isn’t the first time the movie has been involved in controversy. Last summer, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street) were fired from the production by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy over creative differences. Ron Howard (who starred in George Lucas's American Graffiti) was brought on to finish up the movie, but there are rumors he actually had to reshoot almost all of the project

Solo opens in theaters May 25. 

According to Bahous's own LinkedIn page, he's been a freelance graphic designer since 2004. His studio is located in northern France. 

Representatives for Disney and Sony France did not immediately respond to SYFY WIRE's request for comment. 

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