Hilary Duff To Star In ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Spinoff On Hulu
After being set to star in a failed Lizzie McGuire reboot, Hilary Duff will now lead the cast of Hulu’s How I Met Your Mother sequel, titled How I Met Your Father. The streaming service gave the show a 10-episode series order.
The show’s official synopsis reads: “Set in the near future, the show will follow Sophie (Duff) telling her son the story of how she met her father back in the year 2021, when Sophie and her close-knit group of friends were figuring out who they are, what they want out of life and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options.”
How I Meet Your Mother’s original creators, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, will serve as executive producers alongside the sequel’s new writers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger. Duff is also a producer.
“How I Met Your Mother is a crown jewel in the 20th library and its fans have clamored for me ever since our final broadcast seven years ago,” Karey Burke, president at 20th Television, said in a statement. “Our genius producers Isaac and Elizabeth who are—wait for it—legendary within our halls, have created a spectacular new take which both honors the original and is entirely their own.”
She continued, “Carter and Craig will return as executive producers and who better to star as the central character than the incredible Hilary Duff? Many thanks to Craig Erwich and everyone at Hulu Originals for loving the script as much as we did and to our fantastic team who helped put this all together. I could not be more excited. Let the speculation as to who the father is commence.”
After the show’s original end in 2014, spinoff speculation already began. A show called How I Met Your Dad starring Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig was in development, but CBS axed the pilot.
Duff shared her excitement for the show in a new Instagram post. “I’m excited about my job if you can’t tell,” the Younger star said in the video. “Today’s the day. The news came out that I am going to be shooting How I Met Your Father.”