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Hilary Duff has answered our prayers: a Lizzie McGuire reboot is officially happening. Duff, who’s been keeping this precious information secret for months, revealed the news on Instagram Friday night shortly after it was announced at the D23 Expo.
“SURPRISE!!! I’ve been trying to contain this excitement for a loooong time while this has been in the works!” she wrote. “I am beyond excited to be home again, back with my girl ♥️…and into her 30’s.”
The new series, which will be coming to Disney+, will follow Lizzie in New York City as she’s about to turn 30 and working as an apprentice for a fashion designer. Duff spoke to Entertainment Tonight about reviving the beloved character in a new phase of her life.
“It feels very surreal, to be honest. I’ve been living with this information for a few months now, so it’s been very hard to even contain my excitement,” she said. “She’s such a big part of me and my life, and now she’s 30, and I feel like I’m going to have to learn some of her quirky faces again. But I’m excited!”
While she kept most of the details under wraps, Duff did hint at the possibility that many of the original cast members will be returning for the reboot.
“The chances are high! I can’t tell you too much, but I think that people are going to be very surprised and excited.”
Duff, who is now a mother of two, said that her oldest child, 7-year-old Luca, isn’t exactly as excited as the rest of the world to see Lizzie coming back to the small screen.
“He got really into it and then he’s like, ‘I’m done,’” she told People. “I think he’s pretty fascinated to see me so young, not looking the same. He knows that’s his mom but he got over it fast. It’s pretty funny, he’s not there yet. I feel like I need to let him know that this was the show that started it all for me and what’s gonna happen when the second phase of that is happening.”