May the words of Lizzie McGuire ring forever true: “Of course it’s a good idea! I came up with it!”
Younger star Hilary Duff is set to return to the role that made her a famous face of the 2000s after Disney Plus launches later this year, Disney executive Kevin Mayer announced at the D23 Expo on Friday night. Duff will again play Lizzie McGuire in a new streaming series spearheaded by original showrunner Terri Minsky.
“Lizzie is also a grownup,” Duff said on stage. “She’s older, she’s wiser, she has a much bigger shoe budget. She has her dream job. She has kinda the perfect life right now.”
The new series will be a direct sequel to the 2001 Disney Channel sitcom, and finds Lizzie making it as a 30-year-old interior decorator in New York City. As in the original, an animated version of Lizzie will pop up to externalize the internal struggle. If she somehow mounts a Millennial imprint at Empirical Publishing, worlds really will collide.
In 2003, Minsky apparently pitched a follow up ABC series that would have focused on a teenage Lizzie. That never happened, but now Duff’s getting her second shot with the Disney Plus series, which currently does not have a debut date.