Bringing the sunshine home, Pixar's latest animation is making a splash as it arrives exclusively on the House of Mouse's streaming platform. Now available to stream on Disney Plus, here's all you need to know on how to watch Luca online.
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Featuring young stars Jacob Tremblay and Jack Dylan Grazer, they voice Luca and Alberto alongside big stars Sacha Baron Cohen and Maya Rudolph, to bring the story of Luca to life. Transporting us to the Italian Riviera, Luca is about to experience a life-changing summer with his new best friend.
Release date: June, 18 2021
Cast: Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Sacha Baron Cohen Maya Rudolph, Giacomo Gianniotti, Jim Gaffigan
Director: Enrico Casarosa
Run time: 1 hour, 36 minutes
Watch now: stream Luca on Disney Plus from just $7.99/£7.99/AU$11.99 a month
From Disney's very own Italian, Enrico Casarosa directs a stunning new coming-of-age story about Luca, a sea monster able to take on the human form.
Embarking on an unforgettable summer, Luca is set with the backdrop of the picturesque Italian Riviera. Here Luca goes on an exploration around the town of Portorosso with his new best friend, Alberto.
Based on Italian folklore, Luca's deeply kept secret of his true identity threatens to be revealed in this stunning take inspired by the summers of our youth, and those formative childhood friendships we make along the way.
Disney Plus has released a fair few exclusives recently - from its previous Pixar release, Soul, to Disney's Raya and the Last Dragon. Follow our guide below as we explain how to watch Luca online and stream the Pixar film today. Spoiler alert: it's as simple as grabbing a great value Disney Plus subscription!
How to watch Luca online: stream the Pixar movie on Disney Plus today
You'll be able to watch Luca online, the brand new animation from Pixar, exclusively on Disney Plus, landing Friday, June 17. Around the globe, the new title is expected to drop at 3am ET / 12pm PT / 8am BST / 5pm AEST.
In addition to being the exclusive home of Luca and other Pixar exclusives, Disney Plus also gives you access to Disney’s huge back catalogue and Fox’s as well. That means The Simpsons in full.
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Alice is eCommerce Editor at Future with a focus on streaming services, such as Disney Plus and HBO Max, and VPN. She predominantly writes buying and streaming service guides, as well as how to watch articles. Previously a Commercial Content Writer at Trusted Reviews, Alice has five years experience giving online buying advice, and over two years writing about consumer tech.