With streaming platform Disney+ due to become available by year’s end, Disney revealed at D23 over the weekend that one of its most beloved shows — and biggest hits — is coming back with a revival. No, not Even Stevens. Pfft, as if Shia LaBeouf would be down for that. Rather, can we all give a warm welcome to the return of Lizzie McGuire and, more importantly, Hilary Duff, who will be back to reprise her title role in the new series.
In what is essentially a sequel to the series, which ran from 2001 to 2004, is what Deadline reports as a “reimagined version of the sitcom,” featuring Lizzie, now 30, living a seemingly idyllic life in New York City. And we can all thank TV Land for allowing this to happen. Duff, who also co-stars on the network’s hit Younger, was able to come to an agreement allowing to work on both series.
It should also be noted that this Lizzie McGuire reboot comes from the original series’ creator, Terri Minsky, so all the fun stuff will be in the new show, including arguably the best part: the animated version of the character that represents what Lizzie is really thinking and feeling. And what’s even better is that her alter ego hasn’t grown up and is still 13. “That was really important for me to keep her at 13,” Duff told Good Morning America, “because that’s what’s so endearing and I think everybody relates to that character.” Hmm, Lizzie McGuire, 13 Going on 30, has a nice ring to it.
Despite not wanting to reveal all, Duff still managed to unload a lot to Good Morning America: Lizzie, who is still everyone’s best friend, has a dream job working as an apprentice for a big-deal interior designer. She has a gorgeous chef fiancé (uh-oh, what happened to Gordo??), a cute little apartment in Brooklyn and in the premiere, she is celebrating her 30th birthday with all of her friends. But by the end of that first episode, Duff reveals Lizzie “gets some pretty big news.”
The series ended with Lizzie and Gordo (Adam Lamberg) sharing a kiss and when asked if Gordo is still in Lizzie’s life, Duff admitted she has to “play it coy” and keep some surprises. Hilary does say, “Everyone’s dreams are going to be fulfilled by going on the journey of the show.” This is what dreams are made of. Literally.
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SURPRISE!!! I’ve been trying to contain this excitement for a loooong time while this has been in the works! I am beyond excited to be home again, back with my girl ♥️…and into her 30’s #bringbackbutterflyclips #lizziemcguire #thisiswhatdreamsaremadeof #lizzieforpresident #DisneyPlus #D23Expo . . . . . . Also, If you needed yet another reason to get Disney+ ….the #lizziemcguiremovie will be living there!
In case you need a reminder, Duff starred as a 13-year-old girl navigating the complicated world of junior high and just trying to fit in. The series, which aired for four seasons, quickly became Disney Channel’s highest-rated series. A feature film, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, followed and shot the actress to fame. Duff found success with A Cinderella Story, Raise Your Voice and a stint on the final season of Gossip Girl. And let’s not forget her career as a triple-platinum-selling singer.
According to Disney, the all-new Lizzie McGuire series will be streaming soon on Disney+. And in case you needed yet another reason to get the service, Duff points out that The Lizzie McGuire Movie will also be living there. You’re welcome.