'How I Met Your Father': Hilary Duff Shares First Photo of Cast on 'HIMYM' Spinoff Set

Hilary Duff shared a first look photo at the cast of How I Met Your Father, an upcoming Hulu series that will serve as a loose sequel to the long-running sitcom How I Met Your Mother. The Younger star looked thrilled to be jumping into the new project, writing "Who's ready for us??? We may or may not have been sitting in front of a certain someone's apartment…" alongside a photo with her castmates Francia Raisa, Chris Lowell, Suraj Sharma, Tien Tran, Tom Ainsley, and Brandon Micheal Hall.

In How I Met Your Father, Duff stars as Sophie, a woman recalling the story of how she met her son's father, per The Wrap, the story jumps back to 2021, when Sophie and her friends were living their lives fun and free, discovering who they are and what they want in life while seeking romance at a time when dating apps are the most common form of finding love. Lowell plays Jesse, one of Sophie's friends. The character is described as "smart, with a bit of an edge" and "cynical about love." Jesse is an aspiring musician whose day job is being an Uber driver, and he is roommates with his best friend, optimistic bar owner Sid (Sharma).

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Duff expressed her excitement about the project in an interview with SiriusXM's The Jess Cagle Show, although she kept it vague about how it would tie to the original series and if any of the original cast members would pop up. "I mean, the script was so good," Duff gushed. "I literally called and I was like, 'Please, yes, please have them pick me.' I don't want to give it all away and the script is definitely being changed a little bit. But it does tie in and, you know, hopefully, we'll have some fun guest appearances from the original cast."

How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas have signed on as executive producers of the new series, with Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger hired to write the 10-episode comedy. Duff will serve as a producer on How I Met Your Father, and 20th Television, the same studio behind the original series, will serve as the producing studio. The show will also use the same multi- and single-camera style of filming used on How I Met Your Mother.


In a statement on the new series, Bays and Thomas: "Kids, I'm going to tell you an incredible story: It's the story of how two writers got lucky enough to make their dream TV show for nine seasons and now get to pass the torch to an inspired new creative team with their own incredible story to tell, the story of How I Met Your Father. We are honored by their passion and vision and look forward to helping them tell a legendary new story. (Thanks to all the HIMYM fans out there who waited for it.)"