Hilary Duff is returning to Disney and reprising her role as Lizzie McGuire for a new Disney+ series. The show was one of the tent-poles for the Disney Channel in the early 2000s, and introduced a generation of girls to glitter pens, headbands, and being a true BFF.
The revival is part of Disney+, the company’s upcoming streaming service set to launch in November. Terri Minsky, the creator of the original “Lizzie McGuire” TV series, is also onboard for the project. According to reports, McGuire (Duff) is in her thirties in the new show and living right here in New York City. The new series will still feature the tiny animated version of Lizzie McGuire, who was used as a window into Lizzie’s thoughts on the show.
Duff has a long-standing history with Disney, appearing in specials, series, movies, and promotions. “Lizzie McGuire” was one of the big breaks that put Duff on the map, and the show turned into a massive franchise for Disney. Susan Estelle Jansen directed “The Lizzie McGuire Movie” in 2003, and it opened in second place on the box office charts behind “X2: X-Men United” with a $17.3M opening. Duff’s movie adaptation went on to make over $55.5M worldwide for the studio. Duff appeared in a long list of Disney shorts over the years, and the Lizzie McGuire show ran from 2001 through 2003.
Disney is currently promoting the new streaming service at the biannual D23 convention in California. Disney+ is the big talking point this year, and the Marvel shows “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier”, “WandaVision,” “Loki,” “Hawkeye,” and a possible “Ms. Marvel.” The other projects headed to Disney+ include “Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2,” “Forky Asks a Question,” “Lamp Life,” “The World According to Jeff Goldblum,” “Magic of the Animal Kingdom,” “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” “Monsters at Work,” and “Diary of a Female President.” Other confirmed projects include “Noelle,” “Togo,” “Timmy Failure,” “Stargirl,” and a “Phineas and Ferb Movie.”
Disney also announced that Natalie Portman will Narrate a “Dolphin Reef” documentary, and that Peyton Elizabeth Lee is starring in “Secret Society of Second Born Royals.” Fans of Disney’s animated series can look forward to a new “Chip ‘n’ Dale” show, and a “Flora & Ulysses” movie Adaptation. Ewan McGregor is in talks for “Kenobi” spinoff for Disney+, and that film will join “The Mandalorian” and a new season of “Clone Wars.” Disney is also working on an untitled Cassian Andor series starring Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk for the Star Wars Universe.
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