Hilary Duff will return as Lizzie McGuire for a new Disney+ series.
The Disney Channel series, which first aired back in 2001, starred Duff as the eponymous 13-year-old, who struggled through middle school with the help of friends Miranda and Gordo – and with little help from her annoying little brother, Matt, and a nosey, but well-meaning mum. All the while, she’s accompanied by her animated alter ego, who says the things she can’t.
Now, 18 years later, Disney has confirmed that Duff will once again be back on our screens as the iconic character. The series will catch up with Lizzie, who is now older, wiser and a bigger shoe budget. With a job for a New York decorator, a dream guy who runs a restaurant and an apartment in Brooklyn, her ideal life seems to be falling into place – although her animated ego, still 13 years old, might have something different to say about that.
The show will be written by Terri Minsky, who created the original Disney Channel show, and marks Disney’s continuing strategy to build upon its existing brands, characters and audiences for new content, whether that’s Star Wars series The Mandalorian, Monsters, Inc. sequel Monsters at Work or a whole host of Marvel series featuring secondary MCU characters.
Duff appeared at D23 last night to announce the news – for more on the event and the other Disney+ announcements made, including the trailer for The Mandalorian, click here.
Disney+ will launch in the US on 12th November, but will not be available in the UK at that point. Whether its original content will be available via existing UK subscription service DisneyLife or even Sky, which has a deal with Disney in the UK, is not yet clear.