Haaaaaave did you meet Hilary Duff?
The Younger and Lizzie McGuire star will produce and headline How I Met Your Father, the longtime How I Met Your Mother, which was a series commissioned by Hulu.
The 10-episode offshoot created by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger (This Is Us) is set to happen in the near future, as Sophie (played by Duff) tells her son – you guessed it! – the story of how she met his father. The retelling “catapults us back to the year 2021, when Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are just discovering who they are, what they want out of life and how they can fall in love in the age of dating apps and unlimited possibilities”, so the official logline.
Original series creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are on board as executive producers.
HIMYF combines multiple and one camera elements to create a look similar to HIMYM. In addition, it remains unclear how the universe of the new series will be connected to its predecessor.
A How I met your mother Spinoff has been in and out of development since 2014. During the final season of HIMYM, CBS hired a pilot for How I Met Your Father with future Oscar-nominated filmmaker Greta Gerwig, narrated by rom-com queen Meg Ryan. The pilot was dead on arrival and the script was eventually leaked. A second attempt at HIMYD was made in 2016 with Aptaker and Berger at the helm, but the project was put on hold due to the early success of This Is Us. The offshoot went back into development the following year and was finally realized – a full seven years after the divisive finale of HIMYM.
“Children, I’m going to tell you an incredible story: It’s the story of how two writers were fortunate enough to shoot their dream TV show for nine years and now hand over the torch to an inspired new creative team with their own incredible story to tell the story of how I met your father, ”said Bays and Thomas in a joint statement. “We are honored by their passion and vision and look forward to helping them tell a legendary new story. (Thank you to all the HIMYM fans out there who have been waiting for this.) “
Duff added, “I’ve been incredibly lucky to have played some wonderful characters in my career and I look forward to playing the role of Sophie. As a huge fan of How I Met Your Mother, I’m honored, and even a little nervous, that Carter and Craig would entrust me with the continuation of their baby. Isaac and Elizabeth are brilliant and I can’t wait to work with them and all of their genius. I’m just starting here to join the Hulu Originals and 20th families. I realize these are big shoes that need to be filled and I look forward to putting my 6½ in them! “
Aptaker and Berger also commented on the series pickup, joking: “We hope nobody finds it strange that Bob Saget is playing the voice of old Hilary Duff.”
Since 2015, Duff Kelsey Peters has played in the TV Land-Turned-Paramount + sitcom Younger, which is currently in its seventh and final season. It is unknown what impact HIMYF will have on the Kelsey-centered spin-off in development at ViacomCBS. Duff was also tied to a revival of her star sitcom Lizzie McGuire, but the series was ultimately scrapped by Disney +.