Pixar Animation Studios has announced that its next feature film release will be “Luca,” directed by Academy Award nominee Enrico Casarosa (“La Luna”).
The film, set to open in U.S. theaters on June 18, 2021, is set in a seaside town on the Italian Riviera, and features a coming-of-age story about one young boy and a summer filled with adventures with his newfound best friend who has a big secret: he’s a sea monster from another world located 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 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.”