The two films share a lot in common like being set in an Italian seaside, a coming of age story, and the main character also shares the same first name as Call Me director Luca Guadagnino.
However, Enrico insists that the comparisons weren’t intentional.
Click inside to see what Enrico said about the “Luca” and “Call Me By Your Name” comparisons…
He told Entertainment Tonight that the team was “a little bit surprised.”
“As much as Luca Guadagnino is quite awesome — I love his movies, we always looked at this very much in that time pre-boyfriends and girlfriends and pre-romance,” he added of the film.
Enrico revealed that there’s actually no queer romance, or romance in general, in the movie at all.
“And we had to actually defend that, because in the middle of this journey, people were like, ‘Well, just let it be a true triangle.’ But we just wanted it to be about friendship,” he says. “I feel like we have wonderful movies coming up that deal a little bit more with after puberty, where there is the puppy love and the romantic side. It wasn’t something that was part of the DNA of this.”
He continued, “I wanted it really to be a little more in that earlier stage of trying to find yourself. But I do appreciate that people can read into any kind of oddness and outsiderness of these characters, that I hope there’s something universal for everyone to take from it.”
Be sure to watch the brand new trailer for Luca on JustJared here!
Luca will be out on Disney+ on June 18.