“Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.”
Except that now Han Solo isn’t sporting his famous blaster in newly released character shot posters. The revamped posters have removed all of the weapons from the characters, leaving them to look a little… odd.
Clearly something is missing from the designs. They look very off.
Here’s Han Solo and friends with their weapons…
According to Movie Web, the change comes both after controversy surrounding alleged plagiarism by the freelance artist and controversy about gun control in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida school shooting.
Alden Ehrenreich’s young Han Solo is seen in his reddish poster that shows the character in the same stance as the previous poster, but instead of aiming his iconic blaster, his right arm has been Photoshopped to be placed at his side.
It looks a bit clumsy, and so do the rest of the posters that were doctored, especially when compared to the originals. The first Solo posters with the blasters intact made their debut before the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in the United States. But the altered ones came after. Though these are international posters, the news of the Florida shooting became a worldwide incident.
It’s hard to tell if Disney is trying to appease both sides of the gun debate by having both versions of the now altered poster available, which should make everyone happy and not so happy at the same time. It pleases everyone and no one all at once, and is sending some mixed signals.
Disney or Lucasfilm has not confirmed why the change was made, and tying it to gun violence is pure speculation.
Meanwhile, Pirates of the Caribbean re-opened earlier this week featuring a gun-toting redhead peddling rum. The change was reportedly made to avoid association with human trafficking.
Is Jabba the Hutt going to appear in Solo: A Star Wars Story?
In other Han Solo news, it’s being reported that Jabba the Hutt may return for a cameo in the upcoming Star Wars spinoff / prequel. Let’s just hope it’s a puppet, and not CGI.
[Source: Movie Web]