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Hilary Duff to lead cast of How I Met Your Mother spin-off

Hilary Duff to lead cast of How I Met Your Mother spin-off
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Hilary Duff is set to lead the cast of a How I Met Your Mother spin-off, titled How I Met Your Father.

Hulu has given the project a straight-to-series order, seven years after creators Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger first teased the series back in 2014 with a pilot starring Greta Gerwig and Drew Tarver.

That show wasn't picked up by bosses at CBS, where How I Met Your Mother aired.

Another version of the series, written by Alison Bennett, also failed to take off in 2018, but now Aptaker and Berger are back behind the project, and it has been picked up for a 10-episode run.

According to Deadline, Duff, who will also serve as a producer, will play a mum telling her son the story of how she met his father.

"We are beyond excited to be bringing How I Met Your Father to Hulu," Aptaker and Berger said in a joint statement.

"The iconic original series revolutionized the half-hour comedy, and we are so honoured to be carrying the torch forward for the next generation - and with Hilary Duff no less," they proclaimed, adding: "We can’t wait for audiences to meet Sophie and her crew, and watch them come into their own and find love in modern-day New York City."

New mum Duff shared: "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... Isaac and Elizabeth are brilliant, and I can’t wait to work alongside them and all of their genius."

She went on: "Just fangirling over here... I realize these are big shoes to fill and I’m excited to slip my 6 ½’s in there."

How I Met Your Mother ran from 2005 to 2014 and re-runs are currently available on Hulu.

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