Hilary Duff requests Disney+ move ‘Lizzie McGuire’ reboot to Hulu for more ‘authentic’ representation

Hilary Duff is voicing her frustration after the Disney+ reboot of “Lizzie McGuire” has been stalled.

The former child star implied the family-friendly subscription service placed too many limitations on her iconic preteen character, who, in the reboot, would be in her thirties.

Duff hinted that Disney+ does not share the same vision she has for the adored character and asked for the show to be moved to Hulu instead.

“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 in an Instagram post.

Her statement continued: “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.”

Duff’s interest in moving the series to Hulu comes after she wrote a rather cryptic comment in response to “Love, Simon” recently being pulled from Disney+ and moved to the streaming service.

 

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According to Variety, citing sources, Disney felt that many topics explored on the series, including alcohol use and sexual exploration, would not fit in with the platform’s content.

The 32-year-old actress took to her Instagram Story to share a screenshot from a headline reporting the series’ migration over to Hulu, with the comment, “Sounds familiar.”

“Love, Simon” was rebranded and will be titled “Love, Victor” when the 10-episode series debuts on Hulu in June, according to Variety.

 

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? we are standing in what will soon be the McGuire living room. What’s up fam. We doin this #lizziemcguire #disneyplus

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Production for the “Lizzie” reboot had its production shelved last month after the original show creator, Terry Minsky, left the project after two episodes had been filmed.

“Fans have a sentimental attachment to ‘Lizzie McGuire’ and high expectations for a new series,” a Disney spokesperson told Variety at the time. “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.”

 

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? we are standing in what will soon be the McGuire living room. What’s up fam. We doin this #lizziemcguire #disneyplus

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“Lizzie McGuire” was announced in August 2019 and production commenced in October. Duff shared a photo from the set with her on-screen family and holding the script.

The rebooted version of the sitcom was reportedly set to include the familiar animated version of a young Lizzie offering up comedic, revealing commentary on what 30-year-old Lizzie is thinking.

Fox News’ Julius Young contributed to this report.