Hillary Duff heads the cast of this ‘spin-off’ of the mythical New York sitcom. We return to the search for your soulmate, but in an updated environment.
We already have a new group of friends on the small screen. The first official image of How I Met Your Father introduces us to stand-ins for Ted Mosby, Lily Aldrin, Marshall Eriksen, Robin Scherbatsky, and Barney Stinson. They are still living in New York and looking for love, but many things have changed since it was released how I Met Your Mother.
First of all, the protagonist changes, who is now called Sophie. Hillary Duff replaces Josh Radnor as the main lynchpin of the story and brings a feminine perspective to the tireless world of dating. His inseparable companions are also different. So we find Chris Lowell playing Jesse, Francia Raisa as Valentina, Tom Ainsley playing Charlie, Tien Tran in the role of Ellen and Suraj Sharma as Sid. You can recognize them from left to right, as Duff in the middle, in the photograph published by Hulu.
The image gives several clues about the production. In the first place, that it will take place again on the streets of New York. As in the original fiction, the Big Apple will be one more protagonist. We may not have Ted Mosby explaining the curiosities of the Empire State Building, but surely the creators know how to squeeze it in another way.
The funny thing is that the series has not been shot in New York, but in a studio in Los Angeles. The team has unveiled a huge location with 700 state-of-the-art LED panels to recreate the Brooklyn Bridge.
It is also easy to see that the series is made up of a more diverse cast, a sign that it is up to date. The main group of how I Met Your Mother was composed entirely of Caucasian and normative characters, but in How I Met Your Father, the thing changes. We do not know many more details about the characters, but surely they are adapted to the times.
Another detail that will change in the ‘spin-off’ is the use of dating apps. In 2005 there was no Tinder. In fact, there was no WhatsApp, so the relationships were much more traditional and physical. That has completely changed. They already tell it in the official synopsis. The series “catapults us to the year 2021, where Sophie and her loyal group of friends are in the middle of discovering who they are, what they want out of life and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and unlimited options“.
Again, it will be narrated from the future. Kim Cattrall will voice the Sophie of the future as she tells us how she came to know the father of her child. Developed by showrunners Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, it is expected to be released in early 2022.
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