During the D23 Expo convention on Friday, Disney announced it is rebooting one of the most popular Disney Channel shows of all time, Lizzie McGuire, with Hilary Duff set to return as the titular character.
The new Lizzie McGuire series, which will air on Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+, will revolve around Lizzie as a 30-year-old millennial navigating life in New York City. Original series creator Terri Minsky will serve as showrunner on the series.
“The good news is, just like me and everybody who loved Lizzie and has grown up with her, Lizzie’s also grown up,” Duff, 31, said on stage about the revival, Entertainment Weekly reported. “She’s older, she’s wiser, she has a much bigger shoe budget, which is super exciting. She has her dream job. She has kind of the perfect life right now.”
“She’s working as an apprentice to a fancy New York City decorator,” said Duff. “She has her dream guy, who owns a cool SoHo restaurant. She has her dream apartment in Brooklyn. And she’s getting ready to celebrate her 30th birthday.”
Duff additionally confirmed that the animated alter ego of Lizzie’s inner thoughts will return. “She is still dealing with that 13-year-old no-holds-barred animated Lizzie that’s constantly babbling in her adult Lizzie head,” she said, and added: “So she has to deal with that. But I think that’s what’s going to make it really special.”
The original series ran from 2001-04, and followed 13-year-old Lizzie, who dreamt of being popular in school, and featured her animated alter ego that represents her true feelings.
It also included the 2003 film, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, where Lizzie went on a trip of a lifetime in Rome, Italy, after her graduation.