Hilary Duff has answered our prayers: a Lizzie McGuire reboot is officially happening. And in news that truly is what dreams are made of, several of the series’ original cast members are signed on!
It’s true—all the McGuires are set to return. “Just like there is no Lizzie McGuire without Hilary Duff, there is no McGuire family without Hallie [Todd], Robert [Carradine], and Jake [Thomas],” said Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide. “The original series holds a special place in the hearts of so many, and we can’t wait to introduce fans, both old and new, to an older, wiser, yet perfectly imperfect Lizzie.”
Here, everything we know about the reboot of our favorite character—and who will be joining her!
When will the series be out?
Although there is no official release date for the Lizzie McGuire reboot, it will be coming to Disney+, which launches November 12. So that’s when the world can realistically begin counting down the days. It’s also safe to say Duff knew about the new series for far longer than the rest of us. She revealed the news on Instagram shortly after it was announced at the D23 Expo.
“SURPRISE!!! I’ve been trying to contain this excitement for a loooong time while this has been in the works!” she wrote. “I am beyond excited to be home again, back with my girl ♥️…and into her 30’s.”
What will it be about?
The new series will follow Lizzie in New York City as she’s about to turn 30. An official description of the project reads:
The new story picks up as Lizzie McGuire is just about to turn 30. She seemingly has it all—her dream job as an assistant to a fancy New York City decorator, her dream guy and a picturesque Brooklyn apartment—but things aren’t always as they seem. With a little help from her friends, her loving family and her 13-year-old alter-ego in animated form, Lizzie navigates the ups and downs of adulthood.
Duff spoke to Entertainment Tonight about reviving the beloved character in a new phase of her life. “It feels very surreal, to be honest. I’ve been living with this information for a few months now, so it’s been very hard to even contain my excitement,” she said. “She’s such a big part of me and my life, and now she’s 30, and I feel like I’m going to have to learn some of her quirky faces again. But I’m excited!”
While she kept most of the details under wraps, Duff did hint at the possibility that many of the original cast members will be returning for the reboot.
“The chances are high! I can’t tell you too much, but I think that people are going to be very surprised and excited.”
So which cast members can we expect to return?
On October 24, Disney+ confirmed that Hallie Todd, Robert Carradine, and Jake Thomas will reprise their roles as mom Jo, dad Sam, and brother Matt McGuire, on the upcoming reboot. A photo of the TV family at a read-through of the show’s first episode hit Twitter on Thursday.
“We are incredibly excited to bring back one of the most popular Disney Channel series of all time along with some beloved and familiar faces,” said Ricky Strauss, Disney+ president, content & marketing, in a statement. “With Terri at the helm and Hilary, Hallie, Robert, and Jake back after all these years, it’s our honor to welcome the McGuire family into the Disney+ family.”
Are Lizzie and Gordo still A Thing?
Those hoping for a continuation of the Lizzie-Gordo love story developed in 2003’s The Lizzie McGuire Movie should prepare themselves. During an appearance on Good Morning America, Duff said Lizzie “has a gorgeous fiancé who is this chef at this cool Soho restaurant.” She added that, at the revival’s start, “She has a cute little apartment in Brooklyn and everything is going her way and she’s celebrating her 30th birthday with all of her friends.”
But in a recent interview with Vulture, she clarified, “She’s not going to stay in Brooklyn too long, actually. 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.“
When asked if she was upset that Gordo (Adam Lamberg) wouldn’t end up with Lizzie, she replied, “You know what, I don’t know if I was as devastated by that,” adding, “I feel like them not being together is what was so good … it’s that one person that you’re like, Was he the one? Is it ever going to be? You’re always kind of wondering. We wanted it to hurt everyone a little bit, and it’ll continue to hurt. I really hope he’s going to be involved. We’ve been planning out the season and coming up with what everything looks like, and it’s so important for him to be there for part of it.”
Have Duff’s kids seen Lizzie McGuire re-runs?
Duff, who is now a mother of two, said that her oldest child, 7-year-old Luca, isn’t exactly as excited as the rest of the world to see Lizzie coming back to the small screen.
“He got really into it and then he’s like, ‘I’m done,’” she told People. “I think he’s pretty fascinated to see me so young, not looking the same. He knows that’s his mom but he got over it fast. It’s pretty funny, he’s not there yet. I feel like I need to let him know that this was the show that started it all for me and what’s gonna happen when the second phase of that is happening.”
She also reflected on what it was like to revisit the 2003 movie with her son Luca and partner Matthew Koma with E! . “I have been watching a lot of shows and I figured, I should probably watch the movie, too,” she said. “I haven’t seen it since the premiere night. That was a really crazy time in my life. I had had a lot of Lizzie McGuire. I shot 65 episodes in under two2 years and then did the movie and I was like, ‘I never want to see her again.’ And then, as I got older, I realized how much I love her, and how much that means to me, and how important of a character that was in my life.”