Greta Gerwig is the lead in How I Met Your Mother spin-off

News Louisa Mellor 12 Feb 2014 - 06:44

Indie film actress Greta Gerwig has been cast as the lead in How I Met Your Dad sitcom pilot...

Fair play to CBS, the How I Met Your Dad pilot is now looking better than anyone expected thanks to the talented Greta Gerwig having been cast as the Ted Mosby-alike father-of-her-kids-searching lead. We like Greta Gerwig. Even her name is an anagram of 'great'.

Recently seen as the lead in indie delight Frances Ha, Gerwig has a string of whimsical, unusual movies on her CV, from Hannah Takes The Stairs, to Greenberg, to Whit Stilman's Damsels In Distress. Her name has been so far indivisible from the 'mumblecore' label, but a move into mainstream network sitcom could change all that.

Should the pilot be picked up, Gerwig will star alongside a group of friends whose relationship ups and downs will be chronicled by the new series. Executive producer Carter Bays insists the spinoff will be "its own totally new show" and "a kindred spirit to the original".

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