Hilary Duff Lands Lead Role in “How I Met Your Mother” Spinoff

Hilary Duff at the season 5 Premiere of
Hilary Duff at the season 5 Premiere of "Younger" in 2018. Photo by Patrick Lewis/Starpix/REX/Shutterstock (9703334z)

It’s been seven years since How I Met Your Mother wrapped up, and if you still haven’t found a show to fill that hole in your heart—we’ve got some good news for you! The spinoff of the beloved sitcom is on the way, with Hilary Duff taking on the lead role.

Hulu has given the upcoming series, titled How I Met Your Father, a 10-episode order. It will follow the adventures of Sophie, a woman telling her son the story of how she met his father, just like Ted Mosby in the original series. The story will start in the present-day, and follow Sophie and her close-knit group of friends as they try to figure out who they are and what they want in life.

Duff couldn’t be more excited to take on this role, and she thanked Hulu Originals and the executive producers Craig Thomas and Carter Bays for entrusting her with this huge responsibility. “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. 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,” said Duff in a statement.

This isn’t the first proposed How I Met Your Mother spinoff. Before the original series wrapped up, CBS was plotting a female-led spinoff How I Met Your Dad starring Greta Gerwig, but the plan fell through because the showrunners Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger were tied up with their work on This Is Us.