There was a lot of magic to be had the year Disney’s “Life Size” move came out on the home screen. The flick, which debuted 18 years ago, starred a young Lindsay Lohan and a pre-ANTM Tyra Banks and spun a brilliant story about a Barbie-like doll come to life. It’s release marked a year where so many fans got to bask in the glory of Tyra Banks while also blessing millennials with a dream of leading their future office parties with a song like “Be A Star”.
So, when rumors of a “Life Size 2” sprung up a few years ago, it was hard for a lot of OG LS fans to get on board. Many of us (me) were scared a sequel wouldn’t in anyway live up to the legend of the first movie. Fortunately, Tyra recently used social media to assure the world know that she plans on upping the ante of the original movie with her sequel. And she’s banking on Latina Power to do so.
Tyra recently revealed that she’s tapped Francia Raisa to star in “Life Size 2.”
Now filming: LIFE SIZE 2.
It’s time y’all! You’ve waited long enough.
Could not find one single woman more perfect to co-star with Eve than the magnificently fierce @franciaraisa.
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) July 9, 2018
In a post to her Twitter account the model and actress who originally played Eve, a doll transformed into a living woman, in the original movie dropped a few news bombs about the pic’s sequel. First, there was the big news that project was already being filmed and had a set premiere date for this winter on #Freeform. Most importantly, however, Queen Tyra, revealed that “Grown-ish” actor and real-life shero, Francia Raisa is co-starring.
“Now filming: LIFE SIZE 2,” Banks wrote on Twitter. “It’s time y’all! You’ve waited long enough. Could not find one single woman more perfect to co-star with Eve than the magnificently fierce @franciaraisa.”’
Raisa’s role description in “Life Size 2” hints at a much more mature version of our favorite 2000 movie.
According to Deadline, Raisa will take on the role of Grace Manning, a “confident and funny CEO of Marathon Toys, a huge toy company started by her mother that is most famous for manufacturing the iconic Eve doll.” Raisa’s Grace is “a hot mess in the middle of her quarter-life crisis” with “wild-child ways” that ultimately “cause the company’s stock to plummet.”
It’s not the first time, Banks has dropped hints on what fans can expect from the sequel. Back in March, the model and businesswoman shared that the new sequel would offer a contemporary spin on the original movie’s theme song “Be a Star.” Banks explained that while the new song will be “a lot more current” she still plans on providing her vocals to the new beat. “I am going to dust off my retired vocal chords for Life-Size 2… I’d love to find a top producer that everybody knows, like a household name, to do the music. And a beautiful sound technician to auto-tune the hell out of my voice… Those words [‘be a star’] will be in there some way, but it’ll sound totally new… We’re going for club banger as opposed to nursery school rhyme this time!”
Of course, it didn’t take long for “Life Size” devotees to celebrate Tyra’s news about Francia.
HOLY HECK ARE YOU SERIOUS ITS BEEN HOW MANY YEARS I WAS TEN OR SEVEN OR IDK OMFG
— Jessica ???????? (@jessica_rose996) July 9, 2018
EIGHTEEN years have passed since the first movie came out, you better believe fans who have been waiting that long are beyond eager.
And of course, most of the comments on Banks’ announcement quotes from the movie.
Shine Bright shine fare dont be shy be a star where you live where you are me a star. Hi I'm eve and I'm your special freind
— Keisha Dowdell (@keisha_dowdell) July 9, 2018
Which everyone was completely open to because keeping an open mind was one of the things Eve preached anyways.
Basically, people are pumped about the new movie and Eve’s special new friend.
YASSSSSS. ???????????? pic.twitter.com/zHUwdqa2Oo
— Allison. (@Amdrennan) July 9, 2018
Yassssssss to the Latina Power about to grace TVs this summer on #FreeForm!!