The Hollywood revival machine is cranking out another one, folks. This time it sees Hilary Duff having her career come full-circle as she returns to what is likely her biggest role: Lizzie McGuire. The children’s show which helped introduce a generation to the concept of a ‘friendzone‘ via Gordo’s blue-balls, is coming back, this time with an adult Lizzie and a whole new late-stage capitalism Hell for Lizzie to comment on! Yay!
Hilary Duff is showing everyone that just because your career kind of piqued as a child-star it doesn’t mean you can’t one day circle back. If you remain unproblematic, release a few pop albums for the gays, stay in your lane and do your thing, eventually the Hollywood machine will cycle through its past ideas and come back to you. You just gotta be patient and chill! Sorry, Melissa Joan Hart–you can keep trying but there’s no coming back for you–you’ve made your choices.
Deadline reports that at D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA, over the weekend, Disney announced that Lizzie McGuire will be on their $6.99 a month streaming service Disney+, which premieres in November. Hilary Duff will return as 30-year-old Lizzie who is living in New York City navigating life along with her cartoon inner voice letting us know what she can’t say out loud. The original series’ creator, Terri Minsky, is coming back along with Hilary and it’s just a part of a bigger deal Terri signed with Disney Channel. Hilary is also doing that Younger show on TVLand, but she’s going to be allowed to do both. Damn girl, you got two acting jobs in your thirties and you started as a child star? Truly Hilary Duff is breaking the mold.
Hilary told Entertainment Tonight that the rest of the cast will probably be back and Lizzie won’t be a mom:
Lizzie was Disney Channel’s highest-rated series and its movie version–The Lizzie McGuire Movie–made $55 million globally, and it was also Disney’s first batch of consumer products based on a live-action tween series–earning Disney hundreds of millions of dollars.
In fact, Lizzie McGuire was going to get a second movie and maybe an ABC series of Lizzie in high school were on the horizon but negotiations between Hilary and Disney fell through. But Hilary is pumped for this shit, though:
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SURPRISE!!! I’ve been trying to contain this excitement for a loooong time while this has been in the works! I am beyond excited to be home again, back with my girl ♥️…and into her 30’s #bringbackbutterflyclips #lizziemcguire #thisiswhatdreamsaremadeof #lizzieforpresident #DisneyPlus #D23Expo . . . . . . Also, If you needed yet another reason to get Disney+ ….the #lizziemcguiremovie will be living there!
So this is one of the few times I’m actually on board with a revival. Personally, I’m excited to see what a 30-year-old millennial Lizzie McGuire in New York City is like, I just hope it’s authentic. I want to see Lizzie McGuire sharing a one-bedroom apartment with two roommates who have sex when she’s there. I want Lizzie McGuire being so broke from her non-livable wage she has to bargain hunt clothes. I want Lizzie McGuire’s college education to be useless to her in terms of her earning potential and career opportunities. I need Lizzie McGuire to be ghosted by a guy she meets on Tinder. If at least two of those things aren’t in the show then it will just not be an authentic millennial representation.