Courtney B. Vance to play Cobra Bubbles in live-action Lilo & Stitch

Courtney B. Vance to play CIA agent turned social worker Cobra Bubbles in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of Lilo & Stitch.

Deadline has reported that Disney has found their Cobra Bubbles for the upcoming live-action Lilo & Stitch in Emmy-winner Courtney B. Vance.

The original Lilo & Stitch film told the story of a young Hawaiian girl named Lilo and an extraterrestrial dog-like creature known as Experiment 626. He’s soon given the name Stitch after being adopted by Lilo. Although Stitch is a force of chaos and destruction, he eventually develops a close bond with Lilo. Together, the pair avoid the pursuing aliens who have been dispatched to capture him. The film spawned several direct-to-video sequels as well as a couple of TV shows. Cobra Bubbles was a former CIA agent turned social worker in the animated movie. The role was originally voiced by Ving Rhames.

When Disney first announced the Lilo & Stitch remake four years ago, they had initially been talking with Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) to direct. But it was announced last summer that Dean Fleischer Camp, the filmmaker behind Marcel the Shell With Shoes On, had signed on to direct. “I’m hugely [excited],” Camp said when the news was first announced. “I did not know they were going to announce that today. It’s great—now I don’t have to keep it a secret anymore.“ The live-action remake is intended to be a major release on Disney+. Chris Kekaniokalani Bright penned the script from a previous draft by Mike Van Waes.

In addition to Courtney B. Vance as Cobra Bubbles, Lilo & Stitch also stars Maia Kealoha as Lilo, Sydney Elizebeth Agudong as Nani, and Kahiau Machado as David Kawena. Zach Galifianakis and Billy Magnussen are also included in the cast.

The next live-action Disney movie based on their animated classics will be David Lowery’s Peter Pan & Wendy, which will debut on Disney+ on April 28th. Following that will be Rob Marshall’s The Little Mermaid, which stars Halle Bailey as the titular mermaid alongside Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Javier Bardem as King Triton, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Noma Dumezweni as Queen Selina, Daveed Diggs as the voice of Sebastian, Jacob Tremblay as the voice of Flounder, and Awkwafina as the voice of Scuttle. The Little Mermaid will hit theaters on May 26th.

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