With uncertainty towards whether Soul will have its cinematic release this year (currently scheduled in for 20th November 2020) or if the rumours of it being pushed onto the Disney+ streaming service instead, today Disney and Pixar have announced the title of their next animated film Luca, also revealing that it’s scheduled for cinematic release on the 18th June 2021.
The official synopsis was also revealed today, which is as follows:
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.
The film will mark the directorial feature debut of Enrico Casarosa, a veteran storyboard artist whose worked on 101 Dalmatians: The Series, Starla and the Jewel Riders, Ice Age, Robots, and then on Pixar films such as Ratatouille, Up and Coco. He also directed the 2011 short La Luna, which earned an Academy Award nomination.
Enrico Casarosa released a statement saying:
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. 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.
Andrea Warren will serve as producer on the project and the voice cast has not yet been announced.