Last year, Disney+ announced that Lizzie McGuire, a shining beacon to all pre-teens in the early aughts, was returning, via the streaming platform. But apparently bummed-out millennials can't have any nice things in these dark times, because the reboot has been put on hiatus. In January, the show-runner, Terri Minsky, left the project without public explanation.
On Friday, Hilary Duff, Lizzie McGuire's star, posted a statement on Instagram about her feelings about her now-paused show and expressed her wishes for it to move to Hulu.
"Was incredibly excited to launch 'Lizzie' on D+ and my passion remains! However, I feel a huge responsibility to honor the fans’ relationship with LIZZIE who, like me, grew up seeing themselves in her," Duff wrote. "I'd be doing a disservice to everyone by limiting the realities of a 30 year old’s journey to live under the ceiling of a PG rating. It’s important to me that just as her experiences as a preteen/teenager navigating life were authentic, her next chapters are equally as real and relatable. It would be a dream if Disney would let us move the show to Hulu, if they were interested, and I could bring this beloved character to life again ❤️."
Since January, it's been revealed that the show might have met the same fate as an adaptation of the film Love, Simon. The show was taken off Disney+ and moved to Hulu with a new name, Love Victor. Sources told Entertainment Weekly that the show's depiction of alcohol use, sexual exploration, and marital issues among parents made it a better fit for Hulu than Disney. When Duff found out about this, she posted, "Sounds familiar...." on Instagram.
Before Minsky left the show, Duff and her fellow cast members let their fans know they were excited for the project. In a tweet, Disney+ sent out a video of Duff with her Lizzie costar, Adam Lamberg, who played Gordo on the show. In it, Lamberg, now of course a fully grown man, showed up as a surprise.
"Gordo was an essential piece of the puzzle to what made the original Lizzie McGuire so authentic and beloved," Duff said then. "I couldn't imagine the series without him. I can't wait for fans to see what he's up to 15 years later and how he fits into Lizzie's adult world."
Once we got confirmation that Lizzie's whole family (and Gordo!) was coming back, the show slipped through our fingers. Like any depressed fan, Sophie Turner shared on Instagram in January that she wanted to make the show happen—no matter what. She even volunteered to play Miranda, a role that, so far, had not been confirmed on the show.
"I'm obviously devastated like the rest of us, but I'm pretty sure…like, is Miranda appearing in this season because I'm here? I'm available. I am your new Miranda."
If Duff's Instagram post has any power over at the Hulu headquarters, Turner might just get her shot.
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