We may not be getting the Lizzie McGuire reboot of our (now broken) dreams, but we will soon be seeing more Hilary Duff on our screens. The Younger actress will be starring in a spinoff of the hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother for Hulu, announced on Wednesday.
In the sequel, aptly titled How I Met Your Father, Sophie (Duff) begins telling her son a story about how she met his father. The story then takes us back to the year 2021, “where Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are in the midst of figuring out who they are, what they want out of life, and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options,” a release says.
The series comes from This Is Us co-showrunners and Love, Victor co-creators Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger. The original How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Barys and Craig Thomas will also join as executive producers, though according to Variety, it’s not yet clear how closely tied the sequel will be to its predecessor.
Duff confirmed the news in an Instagram post, sharing three videos about her excitement for the role.
“I’m really excited to dig in and start finding out who Sophie is going to be, and the new on-screen family that I’m going to have,” she said.
Fans were disappointed after Duff’s ill-fated Lizzie McGuire reboot was dropped by Disney+ at the end of 2020. Duff later hinted that the issue stemmed from Disney’s unwillingness to let the show tackle more complex topics, citing the company’s treatment of Love, Simon. But the dust up hasn’t slowed Duff down, as she also has a spinoff of her hit show, Younger, in the works through ViacomCBS. This is what Hollywood deals are made of!