Kaipo Dudoit has officially replaced Kahiau Machado as David in Disney’s 2024 live-action reboot of the animated classic Lilo & Stitch, with news from The Hollywood Reporter on why the actor has been replaced being released just today.
Machado, who was only cast as David just last week for the live-action reboot, was undergoing a vetting process by Disney, with the studio finding social media posts that the actor had made which contained racial slurs, leading to the actor being replaced with Dudoit.
Full name David Kawena, the character that Dudoit will now be starring as in Lilo & Stitch will be the romantic interest of Sydney Elizebeth Agudong’s Nani, sister to the titular character Lilo, who will be played by newcomer Maia Kealoha in the Disney+ exclusive.
The currently confirmed cast of the live-action Lilo & Stitch movie includes Chris Sanders who will be returning to voice Stitch, Maia Kealoha as Lilo, Sydney Agudong as Nani, Kaipo Dudoit as David, Tia Carrere who originally voiced Nani now playing Mrs. Kekoa, Zach Galifianakis as Jumba, Billy Magnusson as Pleakley, Courtney B. Vance as Cobra Bubbles, and Amy Hill as a new character Tūtū.
The live-action remake of Disney’s Lilo & Stitch is set to come out sometime in 2024.