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The idyllic seaside town of Portorosso along the Italian Riviera is the setting for Disney Pixar's latest animated film, where we follow the fun-filled adventures of a young boy called Luca and his newfound best friend.
But these two aren't ordinary boys, they're sea monsters from another world just below the surface. After Luca's friend shows him how much fun life can be on land, their utopian bubble of gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides becomes threatened.
"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," says Enrico Casarosa, the film's Academy Award-winning director. "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."
Luca comes to Disney+ on 18th June. Disney has decided to skip debuting the film in cinemas in the UK. But for countries which don't yet have access to the Disney+ streaming service, the film will be out in cinemas.
Italian chef and TV personality, Gino D'Acampo, announced on Instagram just a few weeks before the film's release that he'll be appearing in a cameo role in the new Pixar movie.
He told his followers: "Ciao guys, I am super excited to announce my cameo role in the new Disney-Pixar film Luca. Meet Eugenio The Priest!"
"It's an honour to join the world of Disney, especially in a film that reminds me of my summers in Italy," he added. Does anybody else think it's ironic, in a funny way, that TV's cheeky Italian, who was once a judge on ITV's Celebrity Juice is playing a Priest?
The film stars Jacob Tremblay (Wonder) as Luca Paguro, Jack Dylan Grazer (We Are Who We Are) as Luca's friend, Alberto Scorfano, and Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids) as Daniela.
There's also Giacomo Gianniotti (Grey's Anatomy ) as Giacomo, comedian Jim Gaffigan as Lorenzo, Emma Berman (Abby Hatcher ) as Giulia, Marco Barricelli (The Book of Daniel) as Massimo, and Saverio Raimondo (It's a Wonderful Life, 2015 ) as Ercole Visconti.
No official soundtrack has been confirmed yet, but composer and musician, Fyrosand, published 'LUCA' on their Youtube channel and says it's the main theme.
The song in the official trailer is a fun little Italian tune called 'il Gatto E La Volpe' by Edoardo Bennato.
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