Lizzie McGuire fans, it is time to get hyped! Ever since D23, when it was announced that Hilary Duff would return to our screens as the lovable Lizzie in a new Disney+ streaming sequel series, fans were asking about Gordo. David “Gordo” Gordon was Lizzie’s best friend and love interest in the original series, which aired on the Disney Channel from 2001 to 2004. He was also a big part of the beloved The Lizzie McGuire Movie, where the two characters shared their first kiss. Would Adam Lamberg step out of acting retirement and return to the new show, or was that too good a wish to be true?
Turns out, we had nothing to worry about, as Disney announced today that Lamberg will indeed return to the role of Gordo for the series. “Gordo was an essential piece of the puzzle to what made the original Lizzie McGuire so authentic and beloved,” said Hilary Duff in a press release. “I couldn’t imagine the series without him. I can’t wait for fans to see what he’s up to 15 years later and how he fits into Lizzie’s adult world.”
Duff, who’s an executive producer on the series, also shared a photo of herself and Lamberg behind-the-scenes on the series, which began production last month.
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The new Lizzie McGuire will follow Lizzie as she’s about to turn 30. She now lives in New York City and seemingly has it all, including her dream job as an assistant to a interior designer, a handsome boyfriend, and a hip Brooklyn apartment. But as anyone who’s turned 30 will know, it’s a time of big change and reflection and a little bit of personal crisis. To get her through these hard times, Lizzie will get “a little help from her old friends and some new ones to come, her well-meaning family and her 13-year-old alter-ego in animated form,” as she learns how to navigate adulthood and all that comes with it.
We’re not sure how Gordo fits into this just yet, but Lamberg’s return is especially exciting, considering he stepped away from acting back in 2008. He’ll join previously announced returning cast members Jake Thomas as Lizzie’s brother Matt, Hallie Todd as her mother Jo, and Robert Carradine as the McGuire family patriarch Sam. No word yet if Lalaine will reprise her role as Miranda, Lizzie and Gordo’s other best friend, although she appeared to tease a possible return on Instagram, when she recently shared a screengrab of a text from Lamberg–implying the two might be in contact about the show.
The original creator of Lizzie McGuire, Terri Minsky, is back as showrunner and executive producer for this new series, so we’re definitely in good hands with this one. No word yet on a release date, but we’ll keep you posted as updates are available.
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