Hilary Duff Just Announced That The Lizzie McGuire Reboot ‘isn’t going to happen’
Last year, fans of Lizzie received news that Hillary Duff would be returning to her iconic role for Disney+. The rebooted series, which was revealed to be of the same name, was set to debut on Disney’s new streaming platform. At the time of the announcement, fans of the original series didn’t have too many details but enough excitement to wait for it debut.
Sadly, the waiting was just revealed to be in vain.
The planned “Lizzie McGuire” reboot is officially over.
In a statement posted to Instagram, Hilary Duff announced the news.
“I know the efforts and conversations have been everywhere tiring to make a reboot work but, sadly & despite everyone’s best efforts, it isn’t going to happen,” she continued. “I want any reboot of Lizzie to be honest and authentic to who Lizzie would be today. It’s what the character deserves,” she wrote.
“Lizzie McGuire’ fans have high expectations for any new stories,” a Disney spokesperson said in a statement. “Unless and until we are confident we can meet those expectations, we’ve decided to hold off and today, we informed the cast’s representatives that we are not moving forward with the planned series.”
Earlier this year,Variety reported on behind-the-scenes issues with production. “In short, Duff and [the original showrunner] wanted to do a more adult version of Lizzie for the revival, while Disney wants a show that would appeal to kids and families, something more akin to the original series. Sources say Disney was initially on board with Minsky and Duff’s take, but the company decided to move in a different direction with the series after the first two episodes were completed.”
In May, Hillary Duff shared a 44 minute “Lizzie McGuire” reunion featuring one of the series’ most memorable moments.
In a caption to her Instagram post, Duff shared that she had virtually reconnected with her former costars for an online table read of the series’ “Between a Rock and a Bra Place!” episode. According to People magazine, the episode was aired on the Disney Channel 19 years ago.
“LIZZIE MCGUIRE retro table read!” Duff wrote in a caption for the clip. “Some fun for you this Monday! Hope you guys have fun watching this! We could not stop laughing reading lines from tween us…this is the first time we were all “together-ish” in almost 18 years! This week marks the 19th anniversary of this episode ‘Between a Rock and a Bra Place!’ Do excuse our delayed singing…we will be taking singing lessons as a group to work on our craft!!”
The reunion included some of your favorite Lizzie McGuire characters.
Joining in on the fun was Adam Lamberg (AKA Gordo), Lalaine, (Lizzie’s BFF Miranda), Jake Thomas (Matt McGuire), Robert Carradine (Sam McGuire), Hallie Todd (Jo McGuire), Ashlie Brillault (Kate) and Davida Williams (Claire).
“I truly believe that this show was magical, and everyone that was a part of it created that … and made this show mean so much to so many people,” Duff said following the table read. “I think we’re all very grateful to have experienced that.”
If you don’t remember, the”Between a Rock and a Bra Place!” episode was the one in which Lizzie and Miranda wanted “a BRA!!”
The episode followed Lizzie and Miranda attempting to be cool by convincing their parents to order them bras while Gordo helped Lizzie’s younger brother Matt enter a contest to become Jet Li’s sidekick in a movie.
No doubt the highlight of this reunion was getting to see Lelaine back in action!
Her role as Mexican-American Miranda Sanchez might not have been the titular lead of “Lizzie McGuire” but she was undoubtedly the character with the most heart, wit, and lessons. Here’s a look at the character who brought all the realness to Disney channel’s best show.
1. That time she dealt with body dysmorphia.
In the episode “Inner Beauty” Miranda struggles with her self-image after seeing a photo of herself. The whole episode ended up sending Miranda into an unhealthy tailspin so bad that she…
2. She tried to deal with her body dysmorphia by not eating and explained why.
After wanting to make sure that she looked super skinny for a music video project Gordo was shooting, Miranda started skipping meals and nearly passed out during dance practice. After a sit down with her friends, Miranda spoke honestly about why she felt the way she did.
3. The time she didn’t get a Valentine’s Day card.
And gave the commercial holiday a great big middle finger and stuck out her tongue.
4. That time she predicted the future of all mean “cool kids.”
It was a bit harsh, but the moment, like most MIranda moments, did it’s job in making sure Lizzie always remembered where they were headed.
5. When she is reminded by Gordo that being grown-up is not that great.
Literally, never a truer word has been spoken. Because meanwhile the rest of us have to deal with taxes.
6. That time she was smarter than her art teacher
I mean really how many times have you sat in a class and wondered why you had to do something instead of dream about N’Sync.
7. And that time she totally nailed the feelings that come with growing up.
Yes, girl yes. This is the definition of growing up and out of your adolescence.
8. When she did spider braids before girls at Coachella.
And rocked so many other hair styles you wouldn’t dare to pull off. Remember her pom pom phase?
9. When she was all like “I’m stronger than the person you think I am.”
It’s hard being friends with someone who always gets to take center stage of your life, we get it Miranda. This episode of her sticking up for herself to her own BFF was so real.
10. When her side eye was so on point with Gordo.
Miranda’s side eye game was actually always so on point with Gordo. Those two had a rocky relationship and Miranda was always around to remind him to chill it.
11. When she was the best friend ever for building her friend up.
Even if it was the cheesiest chant ever and Lizzie acted selfish at times, Miranda was a great friend.
12. That time when Lizzie and Gordo went to Italy and she passed to chill in Mexico.
Fans of Miranda were super bummed to find Miranda nixed from the “Lizzie McGuire Movie” but we got when we learned that she’d ditched the show to be with her family in Mexico.
13. When Lizzie overreacted about getting a bra and Miranda was like “chillll.”
That time, Lizzie decided that in order to be popular she needed a bra was the most important episode ever. Mostly because Miranda was mortified to find her friend was so shallow.
14. And that time when she was this honest with Lizzie about her outfit.
Every friend needs a BFF who will tell her truth about her outfit choice. While this one was forced upon Lizzie on a very important day, Miranda was not afraid to get real.
15. When, LBR, she brought better moves to that “Play” music video than Lizzie.
There’s a reason why they put Miranda in the front for this dance scene. And it has absolutely everything to do with Lizzie’s average moves ( sorry Lizzie!)
16. When she was too cool to hurt the environment
That faux leather and fur coat made the funky combination look just so damn good.
17. When she did the grunge look better than Lizzie
Lizzie’s style was always cute and fashion forward but Miranda always pushed the status-quo with her edge.
18. That time she was all about the rebelde.
Can you deny that this “rebel” shit was not the ultimate look of the series? Didn’t think so.
19. That time she freaked out after getting a B in class.
Miranda is every child of immigrants who did not come all of this way for their kid to get a B in class. Gordo might have been the self-proclaimed group of the squad’s trio but Miranda was undoubtedly the cool beans school star Gordo wanted to be.
20. The times her sense of humor was always better than everyone else.
“Where is Lizzie? She never misses lunch. It’s her favorite class!”
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