Why Hasn’t Hilary Duff Addressed the ‘Lizzie McGuire’ Revival Issues?
The formation of Disney+ brought with it some exciting new series, including Marvel offerings like WandaVision. One of the most anticipated is the revival of Lizzie McGuire. However, it recently (temporarily) ceased production, and star Hilary Duff hasn’t said a word. Here’s what we know.
Hilary Duff rose to fame on ‘Lizzie McGuire’
Duff began her acting career at a very young age. She first appeared in the movie Casper Meets Wendy before she was cast in the title role of the series Lizzie McGuire. The preteen soon catapulted to fame, becoming one of the early bonafide Disney Channel stars.
The comedy was a simple one, about a young girl, her two best friends, her family, and the animated version of herself who narrates her innermost thoughts to the audience. It quickly became a very popular show but was over by 2004.
She has gone on to have a successful career and a family
Duff’s career went through a few ups and downs after that. She pursued a music career but was mostly known for appearing in a string of teen romantic comedies. It took a few years, but after a few independent films and some other TV work, Duff was cast in the dramedy Younger, which has aired on TV Land for six seasons.
Through this time, Duff’s personal life changed quite a bit as well. She dated Joel Madden of Good Charlotte, then married hockey player Mike Comrie, with whom she had a son, Luca. They divorced, and she later began dating musician Matthew Koma. Together, they have a daughter, Banks. Koma and Duff were married in Dec. 2019.
Duff and Disney+ announce the revival series
Reboots, remakes, and revivals are all very common on TV these days. And when Disney announced its streaming service, Disney+, we had a hunch. Fortunately, fan prayers across the globe were answered when it was announced at D23 2019 that Duff was returning in a revival of Lizzie McGuire coming to Disney+.
Soon after, more information began to pour in. Duff announced that they were headed into production before hitting us with the big news: The actors who portrayed her mother, father, and brother were all returning as well. This was followed by confirmation that Adam Lamberg, who played Gordo, was also coming back.
She hasn’t commented on the production shut down
Most TV productions take a hiatus around the holiday season that everyone can make the most of that time of year. This appeared to be the case with Duff and Lizzie McGuire, as she was soon back in Los Angeles (filming had initially kicked off in New York) and surprised everyone by tying the knot with Koma. The two then embarked on a honeymoon in South Africa.
While Duff was across the globe, the news broke that production had been halted on Lizzie McGuire. The original series creator, Terri Minsky, left the project. But the star has either been too busy to speak on this or has been advised to remain quiet until a new showrunner is found.
How will ‘Lizzie McGuire’ change?
A Disney spokesperson said of the announcement: “Fans have a sentimental attachment to Lizzie McGuire and high expectations for a new series. After filming two episodes, we concluded that we need to move in a different creative direction and are putting a new lens on the show.” So what exactly does that mean? How will things change?
One possibility is that they’ll include more of the former cast. We’ve been pulling for a return from Lalaine (who portrayed Miranda Sanchez), and the actress herself has even commented on the news in her Instagram Story. Let’s hope this is one of the adjustments made.