Disney has cast newcomer Maia Kealoha in the lead role for its upcoming live-action Lilo & Stitch film. Dean Fleischer Camp will helm the project, which is a remake of cult 2002 animated movie of the same title.
Also starring Zach Galifianakis, the film is intended to be a major release on the streaming service Disney+, according to the entertainment website The Hollywood Reporter. The project has been penned by Chris Kekaniokalani Bright, from a previous draft by Mike Van Waes.
Set in Hawaii, the story tells 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. ion.
The movie will be produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich for Rideback. Ryan Halprin will executive produce for the company.