Billy Magnussen Joins Live-Action Lilo & Stitch Remake

Shannen Ace

Billy Magnussen Joins Live-Action Lilo & Stitch Remake

Billy Magnussen has been cast in the live-action “Lilo & Stitch” remake directed by Dean Fleischer Camp, Deadline reports.

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Magnussen’s role is still a secret, as is the role of Zach Galifanakis. Newcomer Maia Kealoha will portray Lilo.

Magnussen recently starred in the HBO Max series “Made for Love” and HBO TV movie “The Survivor.” He appeared in James Bond film “No Time to Die” and the “Sopranos” prequel movie “The Many Saints of Newark.”

Disney fans may recognize him as Prince Anders from the 2019 live-action “Aladdin” remake.

“Lilo & Stitch” Live-Action Remake

The live-action remake of “Lilo & Stitch” is being produced for Disney+ exclusively and will be directed by Dean Fleischer Camp, who received an Oscar nomination for “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On,” written by Chris Kekaniokalani Bright, and produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich. The upcoming remake has no release date but is based on the 2002 Walt Disney Animation Studios film of the same name starring Daveigh Chase and Chris Sanders which follows a young Hawaiian girl who adopts a “dog” from the local pound, completely unaware that it’s a dangerous scientific experiment taking refuge on Earth, hiding from its creator and those who see it as a menace and a criminal.

In February, it was reported that Zach Galifianakis had been cast in the film.

Maia Kealoha will make her film debut as Lilo, the titular character in “Lilo & Stitch”. As a young Hawaiian actress, Kealoha won the role after Disney’s open call.

Lilo & Stitch (2002)

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Disney released “Lilo & Stitch,” their 42nd animated feature film, in 2002. It was written and directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders (who is also the voice of Stitch). It was the second of three Disney animated features (the others being “Mulan” and “Brother Bear”) produced primarily at the animation studio located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (then known as “Disney-MGM Studios”). “Lilo & Stitch” was nominated for the 2002 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

The upcoming “Lilo & Stitch” live-action remake currently has no projected release date. It’s set to debut on Disney+.

Disney Adds Another Live-Action Remake

Disney has been on a roll releasing some of their classic films as live-action remakes. Most recently it was announced that Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is set to direct Disney’s live-action hybrid remake of “The Aristocats.” “Pinocchio”, “The Lion King”, “The Jungle Book”, and “Dumbo” have all been remade as well as others.

The live-action remake of the Disney classic “The Little Mermaid” is set to premiere next month, and the trailer for the new film debuted during the 2023 Academy Awards.

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  • Shannen Michaelsen

    Shannen has been a Disney Parks fan and lover of dogs since childhood, despite Pluto's attempt to eat Shannen's Minnie Mouse doll the first time they met. They've made up now. You can email Shannen at shannen@wdwnt.com.