Hilary Duff, the actor and singer, will produce and star in How I Met Your Father, the spinoff of CBS comedy TV show How I Met Your Mother, which has received a straight-to-series order at Hulu, Deadline reported.
The streaming platform has given the sequel series a 10-episode order. The original series’ Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger will return as creators, writers, and executive producers of the spinoff.
According to the report, Duff will be seen as Sophie, who is telling her son the story of how she met his father, the way Josh Radnor’s character Ted Mosby did in the original series. The story starts in 2021 where Sophie and her friends try to figure out who they are, what they want from life, and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options.
Duff said, according to Deadline, “As a huge fan of How I Met Your Mother, I’m honored and even a little nervous that Carter and Craig would trust me with the sequel of their baby. Just fangirling over here getting to join the Hulu Originals and 20th families. I realize these are big shoes to fill and I’m excited to slip my 6 ½’s in there.”
The rest of the cast for the spinoff is yet to be announced. How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas will return and executive produce How I Met Your Father.
The original series starred Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel, and Alyson Hannigan. Bob Saget provided the voice of the narrator, an older version of Radnor’s character Ted Mosby. The show aired on CBS for nine seasons and continued for over 200 episodes from 2005-2014.
This news comes months after Duff announced that a Disney+ reboot of her popular show Lizzie McGuire had been canceled. She was recently seen in the Paramount Plus series, Younger.