How I Met Your Mother spinoff: All you need to know about the cast, release date and story

Fans of How I Met Your Mother were in for a treat after the spinoff got a green-signal from the makers and producers.
How I Met Your Mother spinoff: All you need to know about the cast, release date and story
Representational Image: (From left to right) Hilary Duff, Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel, Alison Hannigan, Cobie Smulders and Josh Radnor.The Bridge Chronicle

If you, like us, grew up watching Ted Mosby's chaotic lovelorn journey to finding his wife, you must be well-versed with the disappointment that came as the ninth season of the series. However, seven years later, the makers have announced a chance to atone for their wrongdoings by announcing a spinoff to the series. Yes, that's right -- but the only catch is, it is titled 'How I Met Your Father'!

A How I Met Your Mother spinoff was always on the card for the makers since 2014 -- starring Oscar-nominated filmmaker Greta Gerwig and narrated by rom-com queen Meg Ryan. But eventually, the script was leaked, and the pilot was not well received. There was also a second attempt for HIMYF, but that too, was put on hold after the early success of This Is Us.

Hilary Duff at the MMVA awards, 2007
Hilary Duff at the MMVA awards, 2007Wikimedia Commons

So, who is starring?

CBS has already given a green signal to producing the How I Met Your Father pilot and series that will air on Hulu. The makers have also confirmed Hilary Duff as Sophie -- who is the titular protagonist of the series. HIMYF is to be created by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger (This Is Us) and will also involve Carter Bays and Craig Thomas (the original creators of the series) for this spinoff.

The ten-episode offshoot will "catapult 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". Sophie (played by Duff) shown in the retelling of the series narrating to her son (yes, you guessed it right!) the story of 'How I Met Your Father'.

The makers have not revealed anything other than that in their storyline; however, HIMYF will reportedly have a blend of multi and single-camera components to give it a related look and feel to HIMYM.

How I Met Your Father: When can we watch it?

The ten-episode series will air on Hulu in the United States. However, that's the only information we have as of now. And while Hulu is not available in India as of yet, it is controlled by Disney.

So, hopeful fans can wait for it to be a part of the Hotstar and Disney+ streaming platforms with bated breath.

Fan theories float online!

The news of this spinoff went viral, with its global fans drawing speculations about the content of the series. And while some believe that Sophie could be Barney Stinson's (Neil Patrick Harris) lovechild from HIMYM, others were quick to rectify them by saying that 'Ellie' was the child's name.

Barney Stinson in season nine with his daughter Ellie.
Barney Stinson in season nine with his daughter Ellie.The Bridge Chronicle

More theories floated back to Barney Stinson -- after all, he was portrayed as a 'player' and shown to sleep with several women throughout the show. In the episode titled 'Not a Father's Day,' Barney leaps across the room after Lily (Alison Hannigan) announces her pregnancy -- stating that there are chances he may have fathered a couple of children.

(From left to right) Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), Robin (Cobie Smulders), Ted (Josh Radnor), Marshall (Jason Segel) & Lily (Alison Hannigan) from season one of HIMYM.
(From left to right) Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), Robin (Cobie Smulders), Ted (Josh Radnor), Marshall (Jason Segel) & Lily (Alison Hannigan) from season one of HIMYM.Hotstar

But the brand and makers have (naturally!) decided to keep the father's identity under wraps. That hasn't stopped eager fans from stepping forth and expressing themselves on Twitter. Here's what they have to say:

While we don't know what Sophie and her friends have in store for us, we can surely hope it is worth the wait!

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