Pixar Animation Studios has dated its Italy-set coming of age story Luca for a U.S. bow on June 18, 2021. Pic marks the feature directing debut of Oscar nominee Enrico Casarosa (La Luna). Andrea Warren (Lava, Cars 3) is producing.
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.
Casarosa has worked for Pixar as a storyboard artist on the likes of Ratatouille and Up.
“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 Casarosa. “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.”
Disney-owned Pixar’s most recent release was Onward, and it has the Pete Docter-directed Soul set for November 20 this year. The latter would’ve played Cannes this year were it not for the festival’s cancellation.
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