How I Met Your Father: Hilary Duff to star in How I Met Your Mother sequel

Former isney star Hilary Duff will star in the series.
Former isney star Hilary Duff will star in the series. Photo credit: Getty Images

Former Disney Channel star Hilary Duff is set to star in a sequel to the hit television series How I Met Your Mother, titled How I Met Your Father. 

The Lizzie McGuire actress will take on the role of Sophie, the new Ted Mosby - the protagonist of How I Met Your Mother - who will tell her son the story of how she met his father, Variety reports. 

The 10-episode series was formulated by the original How I Met Your Mother creators, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, alongside This Is Us creators Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger. It will air on US streaming service Hulu.

According to Hulu's description of the show, Sophie will be catapulting her son "back" to New York City in 2021, where she 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".

Duff, who will also be producing the show, shared her excitement on Instagram.

"Where's your suit? Suit up!" Duff said in a video shared to the platform, referencing a popular catchphrase from How I Met Your Mother character Barney Stinson.

"I'm excited about my job if you can't tell you guys! Today's the day the news came out that I am going to be shooting How I Met Your Father," she continues. 

In a statement, Duff revealed she was a huge fan of the original series. 

"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," she said. 

"As a huge fan of How I Met Your Mother, I'm honoured and even a little nervous that Carter and Craig would trust me with the sequel of their baby. Isaac and Elizabeth are brilliant, and I can't wait to work alongside them and all of their genius. Just fangirling over here getting to join the Hulu Originals and 20th families."

It's not the first attempt at a sequel series either. According to Variety, In 2013 CBS ordered a pilot for a series called How I Met Your Dad, but the show wasn't picked up.