Lilo & Stitch, the 2002 animated movie from Walt Disney Feature Animation, is the next fan-favorite film to get an adaptation that swaps its beloved cartoon characters with real-life counterparts. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to reveal that the Hawaii-centric story's live-action remake was in the works in February 2018, but very few details were confirmed at the time.
Star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson recently announced the news on Instagram. "Deeply humbled to announce we're bringing the beautiful story of MOANA to the live action big screen!" he wrote. "This story is my culture, and this story is emblematic of our people's grace, mana and warrior strength," he continued in part.
Here's everything we know about the live-action Lilo & Stitch so far, including the stars cast in the titular roles.
#1. What will the live-action Lilo & Stitch be about?
According to an official film synopsis, Lilo and Stitch "tells a story of the bond formed between a lonely human girl named Lilo and a dog-like alien named Stitch, who was genetically engineered to be a force of destruction. With nosy social workers and pursuing aliens banging on the door, the two bond over a shared sense of family and win the day." Further plot details are to be announced at a later date.
#2. Who is in the live-action Lilo & Stitch cast?
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Zach Galifianakis was the first to join the cast in February 2023. Details of his actual role have been kept under wraps, though The Wrap reported that he is voicing the character of Pleakley. Joining Galifianakis in the titular role of Lilo is Maia Kealoha. The Hawaiian newcomer was selected and announced in March 2023 after the studio conducted a wide search for the actors to play Lilo and her older sister.
Deadline compared Kealoha's casting to that of Hawaii-born Auli'i Cravalho, saying it is "reminiscent" of the then-newcomer who was selected to voice the lead character from the fictional island of Motunui in 2016's Moana.
Recently, Sydney Elizabeth Agudong joined the cast as Nani, Lilo's sister, while newcomer Kahiau Machado will be playing David Kawena, Nani's love interest and Lilo's friend, per THR.
#3. Live-action Lilo & Stitch trailer
That being said, it would be pretty funny if Disney decided to harken back to the marketing campaign for the original film. Before the main trailers were released, audiences were introduced to Stitch (Chris Sanders) via short clips from other Disney classics like Aladdin (1992) and The Lion King (1994). The scenes start out normally before they're invaded by the blue troublemaker, with Stitch wreaking havoc on the tamer world of the animated Disney pantheon. If we were to see the new and improved CGI Stitch get digitally inserted in the live-action versions of Aladdin and The Lion King, that would be a pretty ingenious callback.
#4. Who is directing the live-action Lilo & Stitch?
Family-friendly director Dean Fleischer Camp, the filmmaker behind indie darling Marcel the Shell With Shoes On, has been nabbed to helm the project while Hawaii native Chris Kekaniokalani Bright is in final negotiations to pen the script.
#5. When will the live-action Lilo & Stitch be released?
No release date has been set for the live-action Lilo & Stitch remake. THR notes the film to be a tentpole feature for Disney+, though it's unclear whether it will have a theatrical release as well.
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