It's official—Gordo is returning for the Lizzie McGuire reboot, and we wouldn't want it any other way
Hey now, hey now—Gordo’s back! Adam Lamberg is reprising his fan-favorite role as David “Gordo” Gordon in the upcoming Disney+ reboot of Lizzie McGuire, the streaming service announced Wednesday. Lamberg, 35 years old, originated the role of Gordo, Lizzie’s (Hilary Duff) best friend on the series, which ran from 2001 to 2004. It followed 13-year-old Lizzie, who dreamt of being popular in school, as her animated alter ego represented her true feelings.
The upcoming reboot will follow Lizzie as a 30-year-old millennial, working as an apprentice to a fancy New York City decorator and navigating life in the Big Apple.
Disney+ also dropped a video of the costars announcing the news on set. “I’m so excited to be back, I’m so excited for you guys to come along on this journey with Lizzie,” Duff says. “Obviously, the show would not be the same without her family, so I’m so excited that Jake Thomas is back playing Matt, and Hallie Todd is back playing Jo, and Bobbie Carradine, who plays my dad Sam—”
“Alright, now you can say it,” Duff teases, grinning. “This is what dreams are made of,” Lamberg says.
Prior to Lamberg’s casting announcement, Duff, 32 years old, did confirm that the two characters are not engaged in the reboot and explained that their platonic friendship is “what was so good” about the original Disney Channel series.
“I really hope he’s going to be involved,” she added. “We’ve been planning out the season and coming up with what everything looks like, and it’s so important for him to be there for part of it.”
As previously announced, also reprising their roles are Hallie Todd, Robert Carradine, and Jake Thomas as mom Jo, dad Sam and brother Matt McGuire. The cast recently convened for the first time in 15 years for a read-through of the reboot’s first episode, and production on the series began earlier this month.
Disney announced in August that it would be rebooting the series that launched Duff into stardom on the studio’s streaming service, Disney+.
Original series creator Terri Minsky is returning as showrunner and executive producer. Speaking to People after the announcement, Duff said she felt like it was “the right time” for the show to come back, especially considering the stage of life Lizzie and the show’s loyal fans are in now.
“The conversations have gone on for a couple of years and the timing just didn’t seem right and now Lizzie is turning 30,” she said. “For me, she was everybody’s best friend and she was there for us…entering your 30s is a really big deal.”
That said, Duff is certainly “a little intimidated” about reprising the beloved character. “I’m like, ‘Where is she in there?’ ” she said. “She is in there, she is me. When I was 13, it was such a big part of me…I just have to tap into that and be very authentic to that.”
A premiere date for the Lizzie McGuire reboot has not yet been announced. Click here to subscribe to Disney+ now, and start enjoying all of your favorite Disney movies and TV shows in one place.
This story originally appeared on People.com by Aurelie Corinthios.