Among the confirmed stars are Hallie Todd, Robert Carradine, and Jake Thomas who are officially returning for the 'Lizzie McGuire' reboot.
We are super excited to hear that our beloved McGuire family is getting back together again! Hilary Duff announced it herself two months ago that she would be staring in the upcoming Lizzie McGuire reboot on Disney+. The streaming platform has also stated that her on-screen family will also be returning to reprise their roles. It was back at the D23 Expo convention held in August when Disney first revealed that 32-year-old Duff would return as the show's titular character.
Among the recurring cast are Hallie Todd, Robert Carradine, and Jake Thomas, who are all set to reprise their roles as mom Jo, dad Sam, and brother Matt McGuire respectively—as announced by Disney on Thursday. Disney has also mentioned that the entire cast has already gotten together for the first time in 15 years for a thorough read-through of the reboot's pilot episode!
A picture perfect fam! Hallie Todd, Robert Carradine, and Jake Thomas will reprise their roles as Jo, Sam, and Matt McGuire with @HilaryDuff in #LizzieMcGuire, an all-new #DisneyPlus series coming soon. pic.twitter.com/UwMyQeIpVn— Disney+ (@disneyplus) October 24, 2019
THIS IS WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF— Twitter TV (@TwitterTV) October 24, 2019
“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. “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.”
According to Disney, the new Lizzie McGuire reboot will feature a 30-year-old Lizzie and her experiences in New York City as a millennial. Terry Minsky, who was the series' original creator, will be the showrunner on the series, as reported by People magazine.
THE MCGUIRE FAMILY REUNITED FOR THE LIZZIE MCGUIRE REBOOT 😭 pic.twitter.com/KWG63LrPxF— Childhood Shows (@ChildhoodShows) October 24, 2019
“The good news is, just like me and everybody who loved Lizzie and has grown up with her, Lizzie’s also grown up,” Duff 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.”
Disney’s really bringing out all the stops for their streaming service. For better or worse.— TTT (@TTTX3CE) October 24, 2019
Duff also confirmed much earlier that the animated alter ego of Lizzie's inner thoughts will also come back to life on the remake. “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. “So she has to deal with that. But I think that’s what’s going to make it really special.”. She announced the news of the reboot on her Instagram page, captioning it: 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!
Lizzie McGuire first premiered on the Disney Channel on January 12, 2001, following the premiere of Zenon: The Zequel, and ended on February 14, 2004, after a total of 65 episodes were produced and aired. The show followed a 13-year-old Lizzie, who dreamt of being popular in school, and featured her animated alter ego that represents her true feelings. In a 2003 film, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Lizzie went on a trip of a lifetime in Rome, Italy, after her graduation.