Lilo & Stitch finds its Nani, Lilo’s sister
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sydney Elizabeth Agudong has been cast as Nani, Lilo’s older sister and legal guardian, in the upcoming live-action remake of Disney’s “Lilo & Stitch”. Disney has not yet commented on the casting.
Maia Kealoha, a newcomer, will be playing the role of Lilo, while Zach Galifianakis was announced as a cast member in February. Stitch, the lovable alien, will be created using CGI animation. The film is being directed by Dean Fleischer Camp, who is known for the popular indie film “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On”, which was even nominated for Best Animated Feature Oscar. The “Lilo & Stitch” remake is set to be a major release on Disney+.
The heartwarming story of “Lilo & Stitch” revolves around the unlikely friendship between a lonely human girl named Lilo and a dog-like alien named Stitch, who was designed to be a weapon of destruction. Despite the interference of nosy social workers and alien invaders, the two forge a bond based on their shared understanding of family and ultimately emerge victorious.
The script for the live-action adaptation was written by Chris Kekaniokalani Bright. The original animated feature was written and directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, which although not initially successful, has garnered a dedicated fan base over the years.
The production is being handled by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich of Rideback, with Ryan Halprin serving as executive producer. Sydney Elizabeth Agudong, who was born and raised on the island of Kaua’i in Hawaii, has been cast as Nani, Lilo’s sister and legal guardian. Her previous acting credits include NCIS, Infamously in Love, On My Block, West Michigan, and the lead role in an independent feature film called “At Your Feet”. She is also the older sister of Siena Agudong, a well-known actress who has appeared in various productions such as Nickelodeon’s “Star Falls”, the Disney Channel original movie “Upside-Down Magic”, and Netflix’s adaptation of “Resident Evil”.
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