These are what millennial dreams are made of… Lizzie McGuire will be back in a new reboot series made for Disney+.
In less dream-making news, there have been some setbacks… According to Variety, original Lizzie McGuire creator Terri Minsky, who had signed on to return as the showrunner for the Lizzie McGuire reboot and had already launched production on the new series, has stepped away after the filming of two episodes.
“Fans have a sentimental attachment to Lizzie McGuire and high expectations for a new series,” said a Disney spokesperson (via Variety). “After filming two episodes, we concluded that we need to move in a different creative direction and are putting a new lens on the show.”
A new showrunner has not yet been named, and production on the show has been put on hiatus because of the behind-the-scenes change, and while star Hilary Duff is honeymooning following her recent wedding.
Lizzie McGuire Reboot Cast
In front of the camera, Hallie Todd (mom Jo McGuire), Robert Carradine (dad Sam McGuire), and Jake Thomas (bro Matt McGuire) are all back!
While there’s no word on if Lalaine will return as best friend Miranda, Lizzie’s other best friend (and eventual love interest, in The Lizzie McGuire Movie), Gordo (Adam Lambert) will be back for the Disney+ venture. Check out the adorable reveal video…
“Gordo was an essential piece of the puzzle to what made the original Lizzie McGuireso authentic and beloved,” Duff said of the return. “I couldn’t imagine the series without him. I can’t wait for fans to see what he’s up to 15 years later and how he fits into Lizzie’s adult world.”
Lizzie McGuire Reboot Story
There’s yet to be an official release date, but, as production is still underway, don’t expect to see this one until well into 2020. When it is released, it will be available via Disney+.
Lizzie McGuire Reboot Release Date
Series star Hilary Duff originally made the announcement of the Lizzie McGuire reboot at 2019’s D23 Expo. The series will pick up 15 years or so after the ending of the Lizzie McGuire TV show (which ran from 2001 to 2004 on The Disney Channel, and was also adapted into a feature film in 2003), and sees protagonist Lizzie about to turn 30.
“Finally being in my 30s, it felt like a good time to revisit her,” Duff told Vulture in September. “It’s a complicated stage. That’s what people loved about Lizzie so much — that phase of becoming a teenager. It’s such a complicated but fun part of time to navigate. She was everyone’s best friend. She was faced with every challenge that was relatable. Now, I think stepping into the role as a 30-year-old trying to navigate life is equally interesting. Or more specifically, waking up on your 30th birthday and thinking, This isn’t how I planned this to look, what do I do now? That’s an interesting story to me, and that’s a good journey I want to go on with everyone again who was there for her preteen years.”
The reboot series will see Lizzie living in Brooklyn, working in her “dream job,” as an apprentice to a hip NYC designer, in a seemingly “perfect” romantic relationship with a gorgeous chef who works at a cool Soho restaurant—but, as the series launches, we’ll learn that Lizzie’s life is not as picture perfect as it may seem. “[Lizzie] gets some pretty big news at the end of the episode,” Duff told GMA.
That news will take her from NYC, back to LA. “She’s not going to stay in Brooklyn too long, actually,” Duff told Vulture. “That’s where she’s been, but she’ll be coming back to Los Angeles. She’s forced out of New York. She’s like, I can’t be here anymore.”