You guys might want to brace yourselves because we have the most exciting news ever! Drum roll please… Lizzie McGuire is returning to Disney over 18 years since its premiere! SCREAMING. Yep, the network is making a reboot of the iconic series, and if that wasn’t exciting enough, Hilary Duff has already confirmed that she’ll be returning to play her character. Wow, this is seriously what dreams are made of.
The network made the exciting announcement at their D3 Expo on Friday, August 23. The show will premiere on their new streaming service, Disney+, and will follow the character we all know and love as a grown-up.
“Lizzie has grown up — she’s older, she’s wiser, she has a much bigger shoe budget,” the 31-year-old actress said at the event. “She has her dream job, the perfect life right now working as an apprentice to a fancy New York City decorator, the perfect man who owns a fancy restaurant. She’s getting ready to celebrate her 30th birthday.”
She also gushed over the news on Instagram.
“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,” she wrote, alongside a series of throwback clips from the show.
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“I’ve really missed her. I think now is a great time for her to come back in her 30s. You know she’s everybody’s best friend and I can’t wait to go on this next chapter with her, and I hope everyone is as excited as I am,” she added on her Instagram Stories.
And get this, you guys — Lizzie’s infamous cartoon character will also appear in the show!
“We can’t lose animated Lizzie! She’s the heart of it and the sass of it all. And she’s going to have the same outfit, which I’m obsessed with,” Hilary told Variety.
“The conversations have gone on for a couple of years and the timing just didn’t seem right and now Lizzie is turning 30,” the blonde beauty told People Magazine. “For me, she was everybody’s best friend and she was there for us.”
As fans know, the original series ran from 2001-2004, and it followed 13-year-old Lizzie and her two best friends — Gordo and Miranda — as they navigated school, mean girls, boys and more!
“Entering your 30s is a really big deal,” Hilary continued. “I think it’s the right time to set back in and have her go along with you in your 30s and all the fun times, and all of the big monumental moments, and all of the challenges that you’re faced with. I just thought that there was an opportunity there for her to be grown up and for her to be there for women again.”
“I can’t wait for her adventures, for her heartbreak, to see her goals and what she’s done,” she added. “She has a few really cool quirks and her job is really cool but she hasn’t totally found her way and I think that’s part of her journey.”
“I have to play it coy, but there are a lot of surprises in store,” Hilary told Good Morning America. “Everyone’s dreams are going to be fulfilled by going on the journey of the show.”
There’s unfortunately no release date for the series yet, but we cannot wait for this!
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