Pixar Animation Studios has announced that its next feature film release will be “Luca.” Directed by Academy Award nominee Enrico Casarosa (“La Luna”) and produced by Andrea Warren (“Lava,” “Cars 3”), “Luca” is set to open in U.S. theaters June 18, 2021.
Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, the original animated feature is a coming-of-age story about one young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta, and endless scooter rides. Luca shares these adventures with his newfound best friend, but all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: he is a sea monster from another world just below the water’s surface.
“This is a deeply personal story for me, not only because it’s set on the Italian Riviera where I grew up, but because at the core of this film is a celebration of friendship. Childhood friendships often set the course of who we want to become and it is those bonds that are at the heart of our story in ‘Luca,’” said Enrico Casarosa, director.
“So in addition to the beauty and charm of the Italian seaside, our film will feature an unforgettable summer adventure that will fundamentally change Luca.”
Other Pixar’s movies include “Soul” which is slated to premiere on Nov. 20. Disney delayed that film, which was originally scheduled for June, because of theater closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Soul” follows a middle-school music teacher (voiced by Jamie Foxx), whose dreams of being a jazz performer are put on hold after he gets in an accident that causes his soul to leave his body.