Hilary Duff Surprises Fans With New Lizzie McGuire Series

The actress revealed on Instagram that Lizzie, who was a teen in the original Disney show and film, is now a 30-year-old living it up in New York City.

Duff, 31, said she had been "trying to contain this excitement for a looooong time" over the return of the beloved character that launched her career.

She also plugged the forthcoming Disney Plus streaming service where the new series will be shown exclusively, which launches in Australia in November.

The original series ran for two seasons on the Disney Channel from 2001 to 2004, based on a precocious 13-year old adjusting to school and her teens.

Immediately prior to her social media post, Duff announced news of the reboot at Disney Plus’s D23 Expo event in California on Friday local time.

“Lizzie has also grown up, she’s older, she’s wiser, she has a much bigger shoe budget,” Duff told the audience and media at the biennial fan event.

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She said the character has "her dream job, the perfect life right now working as an apprentice to a fancy New York City decorator."

She also has “the perfect man, who owns a fancy restaurant".

Series creator Terri Minsky will return as showrunner of the live-action scripted comedy, with Duff's co-stars yet to be confirmed.

Clayton Snyder, Yani Gellman, Carly Schroeder, Hilary Duff, Jake Thomas, Adam Lamberg and Ashlie Brillaut at The Lizzie McGuire premiere in 2003. Image: L. Cohen/WireImage

The Disney series was adapted into a movie of the same name in 2003, which grossed over $80 million at the box office with a $25 million budget.

In recent years, Duff, a mother of a seven-year-old son and 10-month-old daughter, has guest-hosted CBS' The Talk and starred in TV series Younger.

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