Pixar has announced its upcoming original animated film will be called “Luca,” an adventure set in Italy. It will be released in U.S. theaters next summer.
Enrico Casarosa (“La Luna”) is directing the film, which is expected to open on the big screen on June 18, 2021. Disney shared the details of “Luca” on Thursday after word started leaking online that the company filed a trademark application for the title.
“This is a deeply personal story for me, not only because it is set on the Italian Riviera where I grew up, but because at the heart of this film is a celebration of friendship. Childhood friendships often set the course for who we want to become and are those bonds that are at the heart of our story in “Luca,” Casarosa said in a statement. “So in addition to the beauty and charm of the Italian sea, our film will have a summer adventure that won̵7;t forget that it will fundamentally change Luca.”
“Luca” focuses on a young boy who lives on the Italian Riviera, sharing adventures with his new best friend. But a dark secret about his true identity (he’s a sea monster from another world just underwater) seeks to threaten that link. The voice cast has yet to be announced.
Before “Luca” saw its big screen debut, Pixar had “Soul” scheduled for premiere on November 20th. Disney delayed that film, which was originally scheduled for June, due to a lengthy closure in the theater due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Soul” follows a middle school music teacher (voiced by Jamie Foxx), whose dreams of being a jazz artist are cut short after he enters an accident that forces him to leave his body.
Earlier this year, the Pixar fantasy adventure “Onward” launched shortly before the global health crisis forced cinemas to close. He completed his box office with $ 100 million globally before Disney came out early on digital rental platforms.