Pixar’s 24th feature film, Luca, has just been announced for a June 18, 2021, theatrical release. Taking the directing reins is Italian-born filmmaker Enrico Casarosa who has been with Pixar Animation Studios since 2002. Casarosa made his directorial debut back in 2012 with the Academy Award-nominated short film, La Luna. Longtime Pixarian Andrea Warren will take on the producer role for Luca, you may recall she produced the short-film, Lava and co-produced Cars 3.
Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, Disney and Pixar’s original feature film “Luca” 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: they are sea monsters 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.”
This is fantastic news, and we cannot wait to learn more about Luca and the filmmakers/vocal cast tied to the project.
- December 25, 2020 — Soul (initially planned for June 19, 2020, then November 20, but pushed back due to COVID-19)
- June 18, 2021 — Luca
- March 18, 2022 — Updated — We now know this is Domee Shi’s film, titled, Turning Red
- June 17, 2022 — Updated — We now know this is Angus MacLane’s film, titled Lightyear
For the batch of unknown films, it has been announced that Domee Shi is slated to be working on an upcoming film, which has us wondering, who else may be directing an upcoming feature? We’ll have to wait to find out — but today’s news of Luca, as well as looking forward to the upcoming slate of films, has us very excited about the next several years.
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Pixar Post — T.J.