Hilary Duff dropped some legen – wait for it – dary news for fans of How I Met Your Mother.
The teen idol and former Disney Channel star has been tapped for the lead role in Hulu’s upcoming sitcom sequel, How I Met Your Father. Duff, who is also a credited producer on the series, is just as pumped as her fanbase. “I realize these are big shoes to fill and I’m excited to slip my 6 ½’s in there!” she was quoted in the press release.
This time around, the sitcom sequel will centre on Sophie (Duff) as she recounts how she met her son’s father in 2021 (the series, like its predecessor, is set in the future). The show received a 10-episode order from Hulu, although the premiere date is still TBD.
The original series, which starred Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan and Cobie Smulders, ran for nine seasons between 2005 and 2014. Over time it gathered a steady, loyal fanbase – albeit one that was largely left disappointed by the famously botched (read: rushed and unsatisfying) series finale.
Duff’s latest venture isn’t the first time an iteration of the series was tossed around. CBS, who originally aired Mother, pursued a How I Met Your Dad spin-off that was set to star Oscar-nominated writer-director Greta Gerwig (Little Women). Although a pilot was produced, the series was ultimately never picked up.