Gay Twitter™ Prays “Luca” Is Pixar’s “Call Me by Your Name”

The people have spoken!

Disney and Pixar have unveiled a teaser trailer for their latest film, and as always, Gay Twitter™️ has thots thoughts.

Viewers got a first look at Luca, the gay-friendly animation studio’s forthcoming feature from Academy Award-nominated director Enrico Casarosa (La Luna), this Thursday, February 25. The trailer shows two young boys, best friends Alberto and Luca, band together for “the best summer ever” in the Italian countryside…that is, until they realize that they both turn into merpeople whenever water touches their skin.

Twitter users were quick to draw parallels between Luca and Call Me by Your Name, filmmaker Luca Guadagnino’s 2017 adaptation of the queer romance novel by André Aciman.

For example, both stories take place in the Italian Rivera. They also feature boys hiding who they really are (in Luca’s case, merpeople) from the outside world. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time a supernatural element was employed as an allegory for being queer or closeted.

Is Luca an explicitly queer coming-of-age tale, or just a heartfelt film about two male BFFs who are “different”? We’ll have to wait until this summer to find out: The film is slated to premiere June 18, 2021.

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