It was already official, but things are really getting real for Lizzie McGuire fans. We knew that Hilary Duff would be back as the character that made her a household name, once the reboot premieres on streaming service Disney+, but just because she’s all grown up doesn’t mean she won’t need her family around. So they’re back too.
Jake Thomas, Hallie Todd and Robert Carradine will be joining Duff, reprising their roles from the original series. “Just like there is no Lizzie McGuire without Hilary Duff, there is no McGuire family without Hallie, Robert, and Jake,” said Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer of Disney Channels Worldwide, in a release. “The original series holds a special place in the hearts of so many, and we can’t wait to introduce fans, both old and new, to an older, wiser, yet still perfectly imperfect Lizzie.” Ricky Strauss, president of Content & Marketing for Disney+, added, “With Terri [Minsky] at the helm and Hilary, Hallie, Robert, and Jake back after all these years, it’s our honor to welcome the McGuire family into the Disney+ family.”
Duff had previously revealed what to expect when she appeared on Good Morning America in August, shortly after the reboot was unveiled at D23. In case you missed it, here’s the official description of the series from Disney: “The new story picks up as Lizzie McGuire is just about to turn 30. She seemingly has it all – her dream job as an assistant to a fancy New York City decorator, her dream guy and a picturesque Brooklyn apartment – but things aren’t always as they seem. With a little help from her friends, her loving family and her 13-year-old alter-ego in animated form, Lizzie navigates the ups and downs of adulthood.” And that “loving family” is exactly what we got when the four beloved actors came together for the first time in 15 years for a reading of the first episode.
Now, the all-important question is, where are Lizzie’s besties? It has yet to be confirmed whether or not LaLaine and/or Adam Lamberg would also be returning but Disney’s synopsis did say that Lizzie would get getting “a little help from her friends.” And there were no two better pals than Miranda and Gordo. Guess we’ll just have to wait until Duff posts another reunion pic, or for Disney+ to drop more casting news on us — whatever comes first.
No premiere date has been set but considering the set of the McGuires’ living room is still being built, we’ve probably got a little while to go.
Minsky, series creator of the original, is also back as showrunner and executive producer so the revival couldn’t be in more capable, loving hands.
Lizzie McGuire aired from 2001 to 2004, and was one of the most popular Disney Channel series of all time. We have no doubts it’ll find the same success on Disney+.