Hilary Duff is pleading to the most powerful being in the universe … Mickey Mouse. The Disney star is asking that her currently-shelved reboot be allowed to head over to Hulu after being not family-friendly enough to appear on the new streaming juggernaut, Disney+.
Duff took to Instagram late Friday afternoon with her pitch to move the “Lizzie McGuire” reboot so that fans can experience a grown-up version of the character that the star feels will stay true to fans of the show.
“Was incredibly excited to launch “Lizzie” on D+ and my passion remains!” Duff began her message on Instagram.
“However, I feel a huge responsibility to honor the fans’ relationship with LIZZIE who, like me, grew up seeing themselves in her. 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.”
Hilary Duff ended her statement with a pitch to Disney about the future of “Lizzie.”
“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.”
Fans immediately acknowledged Duff’s plea, flooding the star’s comments with messages like “Justice for Lizzie.”
One fan appreciated Duff being authentic and praised the star with, “YES!! 🙌🏼 Thank you for honoring the voice of Lizzie as a grown woman for all the other grown men and woman who related to her so much when they were young!”
The “Lizzie McGuire” revival had high hopes, but it appears a major disagreement between the creator and showrunner, Terri Minsky, with Disney executives could not get resolved and eventually led to Minsky’s exit from the show.
Disney later said in a statement, obtained by Deadline:
“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.”
Disney has not yet responded to Duff’s request to move the show to Hulu.