Early 2000s Disney Channel fans unite, it’s our time to start rebooting old classics. First up, Lizzie McGuire.
Over the weekend at Disney’s D23 Expo, the company made some pretty big announcements. Black Panther II is coming in 2022, Moon Knight, She-Hulk, and Ms. Marvel are all set to get Disney+ TV shows, and Kit Harrington is joining The Eternals. One of the more surprising announcements made though was the aforementioned revival of Lizzie McGuire, with Hilary Duff reprising her titular role.
Original series creator Terri Minsky is also on board with the revival. The new series was announced at the D23 Expo on Friday with both Duff and Minsky on hand to promote it. Duff even took the mic and offered fans a small hint at what to expect:
“Lizzie has also grown up, she’s older, she’s wiser, she has a much bigger shoe budget. She has her dream job, the perfect life right now working as an apprentice to a fancy New York City decorator.” said Duff. She continued, saying that Lizzie has found “the perfect man, who owns a fancy restaurant. She’s getting ready to celebrate her 30th birthday.”
The original series ran for 2 seasons and 65 episodes between 2001 and 2004 on the Disney Channel. A feature film, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, was released in 2003, earning $55 million against a $17 million budget.
There’s no word on if any other original cast members will be returning. Duff’s comments on stage hinted that Lizzie and Gordo sadly don’t end up together after that rooftop kiss in The Lizzie McGuire Movie though. If I had to guess, her on-screen family (Jake Thomas, Hallie Todd, and Robert Carradine) are the most likely candidates to make cameos.
The Lizzie McGuire reboot has yet to receive a release date but I’d expect it sometime in the second half of 2020. Disney+ launches on November 12th.