Marking Pixar’s 24th feature-length animated film, “Luca” follows two young boys who form an unlikely but strong friendship while they’re actually sea monsters disguised as humans. Enrico Casarosa, who worked on “The Good Dinosaur” and directed the short film “La Luna” in 2011, is helming the movie.
Jacob Tremblay will voice Luca Paguro, the lead character, and Jack Dylan Grazer plays his friend, Alberto Scorfano. Maya Rudolph and Jim Gaffigan play Luca’s parents. Emma Berman gives the voice of Giulia, a new friend to Luca and Alberto, and Marco Barricelli plays her father.
“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,” Casarosa said in a statement back in July. “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.”
During the Disney investor event on Dec. 10, Pixar announced two additional upcoming films that will both release in 2022: “Turning Red” and “Lightyear.” Pete Docter (“Monsters Inc.,” “Soul”) will direct “Turning Red,” which stars a confident, yet dorky 13-year-old girl who transforms into a giant red panda whenever she gets too excited. “Lightyear” will serve as the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear, who will be voiced by Chris Evans. Angus MacLane will direct the spinoff of the “Toy Story” franchise.
Watch the trailer below.