The announcement mentioned that the new “Ted Mosby” – the narrator of How I Met Your Father – will be played by none other than former Disney Channel star Hillary Duff.
Duff, who is known for her roles in Younger and Lizzie McGuire, is elated to be a part of the project.
She said to Variety: “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.”
Ever since the announcement, Twitter has been abuzz with activity. There have been all kinds of mixed reactions – from fans of the original How I Met Your Mother who feel excited or apprehensive about the ten-episode series, as well as fans of Duff’s, who have other concerns and perspectives to voice.
The popular TV series, How I Met Your Mother, which captivated many young fans from 2005 to 2014, ended after nine seasons and many episodes.
However, many fans still feel disappointed in the ending, as it went against everything all the nine seasons had been leading to. In fact, the show’s lead actor, Josh Radnor himself said that the show’s poor ending was the result of a drag.
This offshoot has been in the works for a long time. Initially, CBS was planning to rope in Greta Gerwig and Meg Ryan for the main roles, but the script was leaked and it never saw the green light again. A second attempt was made in 2016, but the project had to be put on the back burner because of the success of This Is Us.
Still, as unsure as HIMYM stans are about the new series, some fans are excited to see Duff in just about anything – especially her Lizzie McGuire devotees, who were heartbroken to hear that a spinoff of that show was cancelled by Disney+ just a few weeks after production began.
The original Lizzie McGuire was a popular show on Disney Channel in the early 2000s, about a young girl navigating life during her early teen years, featuring a cartoon version of herself that voiced her inner thoughts.
The highly-anticipated reboot of the wildly popular series was set to tell its story in a similar way, this time instead taking its audience through life with Lizzie as she navigates her 30s.
The showrunner of the series, Terri Minsky, was fired after filming its first two episodes, after which Disney said they planned to “move in a different creative direction” and were “putting a new lens on the show.”
Duff later revealed in an Instagram post that Disney had decided the show was too “adult” for the Disney brand. She announced in the same post that she would not be participating in the production due to the PG rating restriction, as she felt it would critically hamper its authenticity.
How I Met Your Father starring Duff is immediately set to be produced with Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger as creators. The series will also have Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, the original creators as executive producers.