Disney-Pixar have been diversifying their roster of films, with stories from around the world and today they announced they’re doing one featuring Italy, meet Luca.
Luca, is set to be directed by Enrico Casarosa, writer and director of the studio’s 2012 Academy Award-nominated animated short La Luna. Walt Disney said Luca, which will be produced by Andrea Warren (Lava, Cars 3), is set to open in U.S. theaters on June 18, 2021. Set on the Italian Riviera, the animated feature will be a coming-of-age story about one young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. While limited information of the plot is available at this time, Pixar did share, the titular Luca will share his adventures with his newfound best friend, a sea monster from another world just below the water’s surface.
At Pixar, Enrico Casarosa also served as a storyboard artist on titles including Coco, Up and Ratatouille.