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3 Lilo and Stitch actors returning for live-action version

by Conor O'Brien
Lilo and Stitch

While the live-action Lilo and Stitch will mostly feature new actors, a trio of original cast members are returning.

A new live-action Lilo and Stitch will be coming, two decades after the original.

The beloved animated film received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature in 2003, but fell short.

Featuring the voices of Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders, Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers and Kevin McDonald, the film spawned a franchise including sequels and a TV series.

Joining the new fray this time around are Zach Galifianakis as Jumba, Billy Magnussen as Pleakley and Sydney Agudong as Nani.

As well as this, Kaipo Dudoit as David, Courtney B. Vance as Cobra Bubbles and newcomer Maia Kealoha also enter this universe.

Even among all these new faces, some of the original actors return to the franchise. However, most of them play different roles in the live-action version.

Lilo and Stitch co-creator Chris Sanders, who wrote and directed the original film, will be reprising his voice role of Stitch.

Lilo and Stitch
 Tia Carrere co-stars in the new Lilo and Stitch – Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic via Getty Images

Joining him is Wayne’s World actress Tia Carrere, who voiced Nani. This time, she’ll play a newly created character — social worker Mrs Kekoa.

Actress/comedian Amy Hill rounds out the cast as Tútú, the girls’ neighbour and David’s grandmother.

Hill previously played elderly stall owner Mrs Hagaswa.

In September 2022, Sanders discussed the live-action reboot with Syfy Wire.

“I think the most obvious thing is Stitch has to be Stitch, visually speaking. Details count, so I’d be very curious how they handle Stitch’s textures…

“If he’s not the same shape, he’s not the same character… Staying true to his appearance will be critical.”

Chris Sanders, Syfy Wire (2022)

Although Stitch as a character has appeared in several anime, Sanders has only voiced the character in Western media.

This reboot will also mark Lilo’s return as a main character. She has been absent from the Japanese and Chinese television series in favour of a local female lead.

The new live-action Lilo and Stitch will premiere on Disney+.

However, the exact date is unknown at this time.

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