Tyra Banks Will Star in 'Life Size 2' and Here's Why That's Awesome

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If you're still mourning the loss of America's Next Top model, don't worry: you might see a lot more of Tyra Banks than you were expecting to. Even better? You'll see her as a real-life doll. No, the body-positive supermodel isn't starring in a Lifetime movie based on the life of the so-called "human Barbie" Valeria Lukyanova - though that would be weirdly amazing. Tyra will be reprising her role as Eve in the sequel to Disney Channel movie Life-Size, and it should make your inner child so excited.

The original Life-Size is about a girl named Casey (Lindsay Lohan) who accidentally brings her Barbie-esque doll Eve to life. The human Eve is glamorous, fashionable, and beautiful, but unfortunately doesn't have any real skills. Casey teaches Eve how to be a human, which sometimes means being less than "perfect" - she reminds Eve that sometimes it's okay if you break a nail, and that life lessons come from the mistakes you make. In return, Eve shows Casey how to be optimistic about life and feel confident in your own skin. Life-Size may be a movie about a living doll, but it also asks some serious questions about what it means to be a woman. Casey isn't into fashion or beauty (in fact, she's obsessed with football and is pretty damn good at it) but Eve is all about things that are considered ultra-feminine like makeup, clothes, and shopping. The movie never places a certain value on either characters' interests: neither Casey or Eve are put-down or shamed for liking what they like, and in the end, Eve and Casey are able to learn from the other without losing what makes them unique. It's pretty powerful stuff.

So when can we expect Life-Size 2 to air on Disney Channel? Tyra told Variety:

I think it will be 2016... We're looking at it as a holiday movie so hopefully holiday 2016. One thing is it's a very precious project to the Disney Channel so they've been doing a lot of re-writes and making sure that this script is really right.

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like Lindsay will reprise her role in the movie. According to Tyra, they haven't talked about casting yet, but she did say that a "young person" will own Eve in the upcoming film. Considering LiLo isn't a tween actress anymore, I think she might be out - it would be so amazing for her to make a cameo as Casey.
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