Earlier this summer, filming on the upcoming live-action reimagining of the animated film, “Lilo & Stitch”, was suspended just days before it was supposed to wrap filming in Hawaii, due to the actor’s strike.

This new live-action remake of Disney’s classic animated film tells the story of Stitch, a runaway genetic experiment from a faraway planet, who crash lands on Earth, and as he wreaks havoc on the Hawaiian Islands, he becomes the mischievous adopted alien “puppy” of an independent little girl named Lilo, and together they learn about loyalty, friendship and ‘ohana, the Hawaiian tradition of the family.

“Lilo & Stitch” will follow previous live-action remakes, “Pinocchio”, “Lady & Tramp”, and “Peter Pan & Wendy”, which will be released directly onto Disney+, rather than getting a theatrical release.

Officially, no Disney+ release date for “Lilo & Stitch” has been announced, but according to industry insider Daniel RPK,  Disney is looking for a summer release, possibly in June 2024.   Hopefully, it won’t be too long until we get our first look at the upcoming Disney+ Original movie.

The new live-action film is going to star Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) as Jumba, Chris Sanders (Stitch), Billy Magnussen (Aladdin) as Pleakley, and Jolene Purdy. It will also star Sydney Elizebeth Agudong (NCIS) as Nani, Kaipot Dudoit as David, Tia Carrere as Mrs. Kekoa and newcomer Maia Kealoha as the title character, Lilo. Courtney B. Vance will also be playing the role of Cobra Bubbles.

The new live-action version is being directed by Dean Fleischer Camp, who has previously directed the Oscar-nominated film, “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On”. The script has been written by Chris Kekaniokalani Bright, who is working on a previous draft by Mike Van Waes. It is executive produced by Dan Lin, Jonathan Eirich, Ryan Halprin and Tom Peitzman.

The creative team is composed of production designer Todd Cherniawsky (Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Trek: Picard); director of photography and second unit DP Nigel Bluck (The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, Lord of the Rings trilogy, Deadpool); visual effects supervisor Craig Hammack (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Black Panther, Tomorrowland); and costume designer Wendy Chuck (About Schmidt, Nebraska and The Descendants).

While we wait for the new live-action version, you can watch the original animated film on Disney+ now.

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Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: Roger@WhatsOnDisneyPlus.com Twitter: Twitter.com/RogPalmerUK Facebook: Facebook.com/rogpalmeruk

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