Disney is currently developing a new live-action remake of its classic animated film, “Lilo & Stitch” for Disney+, which 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.
This new film is going to star Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) as Jumba, Billy Magnussen (Aladdin) as Pleakley, and Jolene Purdy. It will also star Sydney Elizebeth Agudong (NCIS) as Nani and newcomer Maia Kealoha as the title character, Lilo. Courtney B. Vance is also going to be playing the role of Cobra Bubbles.
And the cast continues to grow as THR has reported that Chris Sanders is in final negotiations to voice the character of Stitch, who he played in the original animated film.
It’s also been revealed that Tia Carrere, who originally voiced Nani in the first film, will also play a brand new character called Mrs. Kekoa. Amy Hill will star as a new character named Tūtū.
Recently, it was reported that Kahiau Machado was cast as David Kawena. However, he has been replaced by Kaipot Dudoit, as some racial slurs were uncovered on social media during Disney’s vetting process.
The new live-action version is going to be 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 being 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).
No release date has yet been announced for “Lilo & Stitch”, but in the meantime, you can watch the original animated film on Disney+ now.
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