Despite rumors that Cobra Bubbles would not appear in Disney’s live-action Lilo & Stitch, Deadline has confirmed that Courtney B. Vance will play the character.
Filming on the project was expected to begin Monday in Hawaii but a small fire on the set has put production on pause and will start up Thursday. Vance joins cast that includes Maia Kealoha, who plays Lilo, Zach Galifianakis, who will play Pleakly, Sydney Aguadong as Nani, Kahiau Machado as David, and Billy Magnussen in an unknown role. More casting to come.
Like the animated original, the remake follows Nani, who is left to care for her young sister, Lilo, following the tragic loss of their parents, is finding it increasingly difficult to keep her head above water, while also working and going to school part-time. When the social worker suggests giving Lilo more responsibilities, Nani decides adopting a dog might be a good idea, but is in for a heck of a surprise when Lilo insists on taking home a rambunctious, out-of-control and undisciplined “dog” that she dubs, “STITCH.” However, Stitch, it turns out, is an escaped alien experiment from a distant planet, being stalked at every turn by agents looking to capture and extinguish him. However, the seemingly irredeemable Stitch is happy to discover that being loved and being part of a family are the most important things in the world — or, more accurately, the universe.
Dean Fleischer Camp (Marcel the Shell with Shoes On) is set to direct. Attached to produce are Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich of Rideback, who are coming off 2019’s billion-dollar hit remake of Aladdin and are also producing the Disney+ Inspector Gadget film, as well as the Haunted Mansion reboot. Studio execs Zoe Kent (Sade) and Louie Provost (Togo) will oversee the production.
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