From finding out about its reboot in 2019, filming hiatus in 2020, to its cancelation before the start of 2021, it’s been quite a whirlwind for “Lizzie McGuire” fans.
In August 2019, Hilary Duff announced during the Disney D23 Expo that Lizzie McGuire is returning, this time as a 30-year-old woman! She expressed her excitement on Instagram, where she posted a collection of photos and video clips from the well-loved early 2000’s comedy show.
“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.”
She then continued to tease fans with photos of returning cast members on set, such as Adam Lamberg as Gordo, Hallie Todd as Jo, Jake Thomas as Matt, and Robert Carradine as Sam.
After being hyped up for Lizzie McGuire’s comeback, fans were surprised when filming reportedly went on hiatus in early 2020. During this time, Hilary also posted that “it would be a dream” if the show would be allowed to move to Hulu from Disney+. She said, “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.”
Disney+ has a PG rating limitation, making it possibly difficult to show what life’s really like for a now 30-year-old Lizzie.
Months after the announcement of its hiatus, Hilary finally confirmed that the reboot won’t be pushing through.
She said, “I want any reboot of Lizzie to be honest and authentic to who Lizzie would be today. It’s what the character deserves.”
Hilary also took the chance to show her appreciation to fans who continue to show love for the Lizzie McGuire series: “To see the fans’ loyalty and love for her, to this day, means so much to me… I’m very sad, but I promise everyone tried their best and the stars just didn’t align. Hey now, this is what 2020 [is] made of.”