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Chris Sanders Returning to Voice Stitch in Live-Action ‘Lilo & Stitch’; Nani Voice Actress Tia Carrere Playing New Character

Disney may be doing a new Lilo & Stitch movie, but the studio is bringing back an iconic voice, as The Hollywood Reporter has learned Chris Sanders will be back to voice the blue alien.

Additionally, 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.

The cast includes Maia Kealoha, who plays Lilo, Zach Galifianakis, who will play Jumba, Sydney Aguadong as Nani, and Billy Magnussen as Pleakley. Kahiau Machado was cast as David Kawena last week, but has since been recast with Kaipot Dudoit.

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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