Pixar Studios: After You Get Some ‘Soul,’ Meet ‘Luca’

Thanks to an unhealthy dose of Coronavirus, we haven’t even seen Pixar’s latest effort Soul; yet they have already announced their next project: Luca.

This is what we call in the entertainment business as “Keeping Ahead of the 8-Ball.”

Luca marks a coming-of-age story for a young boy living along the Italian Rivera (because there aren’t many worse places to grow up). Why break the news so fast? Again, the makers of Luca are staying ahead. Evidently, there was some super sleuth who sniffed out Pixar’s newest project on the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) website.

My Name is Luca

Pixar's latest film, Luca, coming to theaters June 2021
Courtesy: Pixar Studios

And no, he may not live on the second floor. (What? No ’80s music fans out there?)

Understandably since Pixar has to promote Luca before they were prepared, details are sketchy at this time, but the Disney-owned studio did reveal: “[This is] a coming-of-age story about a young boy in Italy, who shares in adventures on the Italian Riviera with his newfound best friend. But a dark secret about his true identity seeks to threaten that bond.

Skim details notwithstanding, we already have a statement from the film’s director:

“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.”

Official Statement from Enrico Casarosa

Hopefully, the excitement of Luca won’t dwarf the pending buzz about Pixar’s Soul, starring Jamie Foxx as a middle-school music teacher with dreams of being a jazz performer but was sidelined by a personal tragedy.

Luca is set to debut June 18, 2021. Soul is now scheduled to premiere on Nov. 20, 2020.

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