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‘Lilo & Stitch’ Live-Action Movie Suspends Halts Filming Due to Strike

Last Friday, filming on many productions including Marvel’s Deadpool 3 were shut down due to the SAG-AFTRA strike.  This is only the second time in Hollywood history that actors have joined writers on the picket lines.

According to THR, another Disney project that has suspended filming due to the Hollywood strike is “Lilo & Stitch,” the remake of the animated 2002 began filming in Hawaii in April.

Cast includes Maia Kealoha who will play Lilo in the movie, Sydney Elizabeth Agudong who is set to play Lilo’s older sister and legal guardian, Nani, Kaipot Dudoit who will play David, Jolene Purdy who will play child services agent Mrs. Kekoa, Courtney B. Vance who will play Cobra Bubbles and Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) and Billy Magnussen (No Time to Die) in undisclosed roles.

Chris Sanders is in final negotiations to voice the character of Stitch. Sanders, who wrote and directed the original feature alongside Dean DeBlois, voiced the creature, which he also created, in the 2002 Lilo & Stitch, as well as Lilo & Stitch: The Series (2003-06).  Tia Carrere, who originally voiced Nani in the first film, will also play the newly created Mrs. Kekoa, while Amy Hill will star as a new character named Tūtū.  Jason Scott Lee who provided the voice of David in the original animated film will also return however in a different role.

The remake is said to follow the same story as the 2002 animated film which follows the friendship formed between a lonely human girl named Lilo and an alien named Stitch.

Dean Fleischer-Camp, the filmmaker behind Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, will direct the movie on a screenplay written by Mike Van Waes.

Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich of Rideback (2019’s Aladdin) are producing the film, with Ryan Halprin serving as an executive producer.

“Lilo & Stitch” will stream exclusively on Disney+, however, a release date has not been announced yet.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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