Wait for it: Hilary Duff set to star in How I Met Your Mother spin-off series
The actress will play Sophie – the new Ted Mosby, if you will – in How I Met Your Father for streaming service Hulu.
How I Met Your Mother is getting a spin-off series and it’s going to be legen – wait for it – dary. Legendary.
Streaming service Hulu announced on Wednesday (Apr 21) that How I Met Your Father will star Hilary Duff and – similar to the premise of the original – will see her character, Sophie, in the future telling her son the story of how she met his father.
The series will then follow Sophie – the new Ted Mosby, if you will – and her friends back to the year 2021 as they navigate life and relationships.
According to Variety, which cited an individual with knowledge of the project, it’s unclear at this stage how or if the new show will tie in to the original. Ten episodes have already been ordered.
This Is Us showrunners and Love, Victor creators Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger will serve as writers and executive producers, while creators of the original series, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, are attached as executive producers.
The 33-year-old Duff said that she's a big fan of the original series and was looking forward to playing the role of Sophie. She added that she was “honoured and a little nervous” that Bays and Thomas “would trust me with the sequel of their baby”.
“I realise these are big shoes to fill and I’m excited to slip my 6 ½’s in there!” she said.
Bays and Thomas said: “Kids, I’m going to tell you an incredible story: It’s the story of how two writers got lucky enough to make their dream TV show for nine seasons and now get to pass the torch to an inspired new creative team with their own incredible story to tell, the story of How I Met Your Father."
How I Met Your Mother ran for nine seasons from 2005 to 2014. It starred Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan, Cobie Smulders and Neil Patrick Harris, with Bob Saget voicing the part of the narrator.
This isn’t the first time a follow-up to How I Met Your Mother has been attempted – a pilot for How I Met Your Dad was created in 2013 but wasn’t picked up.