- Hulu announced Wednesday that a “How I Met Your Mother” sequel show was ordered straight to series.
- Hilary Duff will play a character named Sophie telling her son the story of how she met his father.
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Hulu has officially ordered a “How I Met Your Mother” sequel show straight to series. Starring Hilary Duff (“Lizzie McGuire,” “Younger”), the new TV show will be titled “How I Met Your Father” and take place primarily in 2021.
Duff will play the main character Sophie who, sometime in the “near future,” is “telling her son the story of how she met his father.”
In a press release, Hulu said the story will “catapult us back to the year 2021 where Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are in the midst of 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.”
Back in 2014, CBS ordered a pilot episode of a similar-sounding spinoff show called “How I Met Your Dad” starring Greta Gerwig (who has since written and directed the movies “Little Women” and “Lady Bird”), but it was ultimately scrapped.
Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger – who first created the concept for this spinoff in 2016, according to Deadline – will helm the new “How I Met Your Father” series.
Hulu and representatives for Aptaker and Berger didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment on how this new sequel show differs from the earlier Gerwig project.
The press release continued:
“The 10-episode comedy will star Hilary Duff (‘Younger’) as Sophie, with Duff also serving as a producer. The sequel will use a multi- and single-camera approach similar to its predecessor. ‘How I Met Your Mother’ creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas will executive produce alongside Aptaker and Berger. 20th Television, which produced the original, will again serve as the studio.”
“I’ve been incredibly lucky in my career to play some wonderful characters and I’m looking forward to taking on the role of Sophie,” Duff said. “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.”
No timeline for the show’s filming or release date is known at this point.
In the meantime, fans can reminisce about the original show with Insider’s look at where the main cast is seven years after the series’ finale.