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The historic Tuscan city is set to welcome its annual rush of stars, super fans, cosplayers and more, as hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to take part in more than 2,000 events over the course of five days.
The festival will preview several highly anticipated films and TV series, including Narcos: Mexico, the fourth season of the reset series that debuts Nov. 16 on Netflix. It moves from Colombia to focus on the illegal drug trade in Mexico.
The J.J. Abrams-produced WW II horror film Overlord, about American soldiers who discover gruesome Nazi experiments, will have a sneak preview in Lucca ahead of its Nov. 8 U.S. release date.
And Director Paolo Virzi will present his new film Magical Nights, which recently premiered in Rome. Screenwriter Nicholas Lisco will speak about the family Christmas film The Befana Comes at Night, which will be distributed in Italy by Lucky Red on Dec. 27. And TV series Siren and Marvel’s Runaways will make their Italian debuts.
Meanwhile, Disney will host a special “10 Years of Marvel Studios” marathon, showcasing the top films from the franchise back-to-back. A Warner Bros. “Wizarding World” pavilion will be dedicated to all things Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
For gamers, executive producer Shinji Hashimoto will present his latest in the series “Kingdom Hearts III.” And a TIM pavilion at the Cavallerizza space will host a gaming space, with racing games including “Valentino Rossi the Game” and the action classic “Ultra Street Fighter IV.” And Gameloft will host an onstage tournament for players of “Asphalt 9.”
A number of special exhibitions will be open for attendees to explore, including “Neal Adams: The Dark Side of Comics” at Palazzo Ducale, celebrating the American DC comics creator.
Thanks to Oculus Go, attendees will be able to enter into the virtual world of legendary Italian comic “Tex,” created by Giovanni Luigi Bonelli and Aurelio Galleppini, at the Auditorium Agora.
“The Art of Racing,” will pay tribute to the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 team. And the Renaissance Palazzo Arnolfini will host a special exhibition honoring fantasy illustrator Paul Bonner.
As usual, Lucca will host Europe’s largest exhibition of comics, with publishers, including Saldapress, PalaPanini, Bonelli House and Square Star Comics, on hand to present their latest works.
Creator of The Walking Dead comic Robert Kirkman will once again head to Lucca to meet with fans. He will be accompanied by his Invincible designers Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley. And for the first time, manga legend, author of Space Battleship Yamato, Leiji Matsumoto will journey to Italy for the event.
And a whole neighborhood of Lucca will turn into “Mecha District,” dedicated to cosplayers of Japan’s top comics. The new region will feature Japanese street food, games and activities, as well as an interactive house devoted to the creations of Yoshiyuki Tomino, Daitarn 3 and Gundam.
Lucca Comics & Games runs through Nov. 4.
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