Hilary Duff Calls Lizzie McGuire Reboot Disappointing

Hilary Duff is reminiscing on the two weeks she got to spend on the set of the Lizzie McGuire reboot and she’s still just as upset about it as everyone else.

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Back in 2019, Hilary and much of the show’s original cast filmed two episodes for the series, which was set to follow Lizzie as she navigated life and love in her thirties.

Fans even got a (very brief) first look at the show in early 2020:

But two months after the cast began filming, Lizzie McGuire‘s original show runner Terri Minsky was fired from the show and things just went downhill from there.

Disney put the reboot on hold, seeking a new direction for the series, which ended up being exactly the opposite of what Hilary had in mind.

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“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 direction and are putting a new lens on the series,” a Disney spokesperson told Variety.

Hilary voiced her desire to maintain the show’s more mature nature, allowing her to accurately reflect life in your thirties and not force a PG rating on the series.

Despite the cast and crew holding meetings over the course of 2020 in order to “regroup,” things ultimately didn’t work out.

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“I know the efforts and conversations have been everywhere trying to make a reboot work, but sadly and despite everyone’s best efforts, it isn’t going to happen. I want any reboot of Lizzie to be honest and authentic to who Lizzie would be today. It’s what the character deserves. We can all take a moment to mourn the amazing woman she would have been and the adventures we would have taken with her. I’m very sad, but I promise everyone tried their best and the stars just didn’t align. Hey now, this is what 2020s are made of,” Hilary wrote on Instagram.

And now, three months after the show was officially canceled, Hilary is looking back on who she wanted Lizzie to be and the short time she had on set.

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“I think she would be quirky. I think that she would struggle with confidence. But I think at the end of the day, she finds her footing. That’s what’s so lovely about her, and that’s what’s so relatable is that she doesn’t have all the answers right away, but she’s on the right path,” Hilary told Good Morning America.

She added, “I will forever be grateful for the two episodes that we did shoot. It was a really special two weeks of my life.”

But overall, “It was a big disappointment, obviously.”

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