“I’ve been so honored to have the character of Lizzie in my life. She has made such a lasting impact on many, including myself. To see the fans’ loyalty and love for her, to this day, means so much to me. I know the efforts and conversations have been everywhere trying to make a reboot work but, sadly and despite everyone’s best efforts, it isn’t going to happen,” she wrote via Instagram in December 2020. “I want any reboot of Lizzie to be honest and authentic to who Lizzie would be today. It’s what the character deserves. We can all take a moment to mourn the amazing woman she would’ve been in the adventures we would have taken with her. I’m very sad, but I promise everyone tried their best and the stars just didn’t align. Hey now, this is what 2020s made of.”
Months later, in March 2021, the Disney alum chatted with Good Morning America and revealed what 30-year-old Lizzie would have been like. “I think she would be quirky, I think that she would struggle with confidence, but I think at the end of the day, she finds her footing,” Hilary said. “That’s what’s so lovely about her, and that’s what so relatable is that she doesn’t have all the answers right away, but she’s on the right path.”
After Lizzie McGuire fans had come to terms with the fact that they weren’t getting the reboot they hoped for, Hilary was cast in a new Hulu series in April 2021. She’s set to star as Sophie in How I Met Your Father (a spinoff of How I Met Your Mother), and some fans are hoping this will fill the Lizzie-shaped hole in their heart!
Following the casting announcement, Hilary revealed what really went down when deciding to pull the plug on the reboot. “I don’t want to call it a battle cause everyone’s on very like loving terms between, you know, me and Disney, but that that’s been the thin,” she said during a May 2021 interview on the Jess Cagle Show. “I think they’re really trying to figure out what kind of content they want living on Disney+, and that doesn’t totally align with, like, where I see Lizzie right now, you know, and I’m like very protective of her and they’re very protective of her.”
The original series ran from 2001 until 2004, and it followed 13-year-old Lizzie and her two best friends — Gordo and Miranda — as they navigated their teenage years together. Disney first announced that the iconic character would be headed back to the network during the D3 Expo in August 2019. Once the news broke, Hilary revealed that she would reprise her starting role as Lizzie. “I’ve been trying to contain this excitement for a long time while this has been in the works! I am beyond excited to be home again, back with my girl,” she wrote on Instagram at the time.
Although Hilary revealed that the reboot may not be happening, a Disney spokesperson gave fans a glimmer of hope, in a statement to Variety.
“Lizzie McGuire fans have high expectations for any new stories,” the network said. “Unless and until we are confident we can meet those expectations, we’ve decided to hold off and today, we informed the cast’s representatives that we are not moving forward with the planned series.”
Only time will tell if the show will ever come back! Scroll through our gallery to find out exactly what went wrong and why the Lizzie McGuire reboot never made it to TV.
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