has been out of the spotlight for quite some time. She's never really left show business but after starring in the hit Disney series Lizzie McGuire
, it seems that her career has been slowly fading. Sure she's had a couple of guest roles on Joan of Arcadia
and George Lopez
, and added several film credits to her name for her work in A Cinderella Story, The Perfect Man
and Material Girls
. But for the most part, the 21-year-old actress hasn't been visible on the small screen as she was in her younger years.
Fortunately, NBC has presented Duff the opportunity to get back in the game. This time, she's taking the lead in Barely Legal
, a new comedy based on the true life story of Kathleen Holtz.
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For those who are not familiar, Kathleen Holtz is an exceptional young lawyer who, in 2007 at age 18, became the youngest person to pass the California bar exam. She would be played by Duff, who has come on board as part of her talent deal with the network and Universal Media Studios. This marks Duff's first lead role in a primetime series.
According to The Hollywood Reporter,
the series based on Kathleen Holtz has received a script commitment and hails from actor Rob Morrow, who developed the project through his company Bits and Pieces Prods. Morrow also serves as executive producer while Elisa Bell (Little Black Book
) is penning the project.
Back in November, when the former Lizzie McGuire
star appeared on the TRL
finale, she spoke to MTV News about the deal and shared what sort of work she'd like to do with the network.
"I get to call all the shots! I think I would like to do something funny, so probably a comedy. I would like to do something funny ... or I would like to kick ass or something. [I'd want to] be some kind of ... not a superhero, but some young person that's empowering and that does something no one expects from her, like take care of problems," she said at the time.
Aside from acquiring her new series Barely Legal,
Duff will also be given the chance to make cameos and have storylines on already-existing shows. Her current wish list includes The Office
and 30 Rock
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
, The Hollywood Reporter
(Image courtesy of Wire Image)