THIS is what dreams are made of, folks – the beloved Lizzie McGuire is copping a reboot on the Disney+ streaming service, with Hilary Duff herself to once again play the title role.
The news was revealed earlier today during a panel at Disney‘s D23 Expo.
Gary Marsh, President of Disney Channels Worldwide, said Disney had looked for “hundreds of girls” who could be the next Lizzie, before deciding on the right one.
At this point, Duff ran out on stage, greeted by the wild cheers of the audience.
Speaking about the new Lizzie McGuire on the panel in Anaheim, the actress said:
“Lizzie has grown up, she’s older, she’s wiser, she has a much bigger shoe budget. She has her dream job, the perfect life right now working as an apprentice to a fancy new York City decorator.”
She added that her character is now dating “the perfect man, who owns a fancy restaurant” and is getting ready to celebrate her 30th birthday.
Honestly, it sounds like the wish fulfilment we need in our lives right now.
Series creator Terri Minsky will serve as showrunner, although it’s unclear if other stars like Lalaine, Jake Thomas, Hallie Todd or Robert Carradine will return just yet.
The original Lizzie McGuire series ran for two seasons on the Disney Channel between 2001 and 2004. It starred Duff as the title character, a 13-year-old girl trying to survive in middle school.
Disney+ launches locally on November 19, a week after the US.