On Wednesday morning, Disney released the first poster for Pixar’s upcoming movie “Luca” across several social media platforms. The poster also came with the news that studio will drop the movie’s first trailer Thursday.

About ‘Luca’

According to Collider, the official synopsis for “Luca” reads: “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 is directed by Enrico Casarosa, and is written by Jesse Andrews, the author/screenwriter behind 2015’s “Me, Earl and the Dying Girl,” and Mike Jones who has a screenwriting credit in Pixar’s most recent film, “Soul.”

“Luca” is Casarosa’s feature directorial debut, though, according to IMDb, he has worked on various Pixar projects dating back to 2007. In 2011, Casarosa helmed an animated short for the studio titled “La Luna.”

Information about the film’s voice cast is currently being kept under wraps.

Release Info

Entertainment Weekly reports that “Luca” is scheduled for a June 18 release, though it is unclear whether the film will premiere in theaters or on Disney Plus. In March 2020, Pixar’s “Onward” began streaming on the platform after spending just a few weeks in theaters, and “Soul” made its global debut on Disney Plus in December.

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Key quote

“This is a deeply personal story for me,” Casarosa said in a statement (via Entertainment Weekly), “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.”