CBS has finally announced who will be starring in their highly-anticipated How I Met Your Mother spin-off How I Met Your Dad and the choice is actually pretty surprising. The lady Ted Mosby will be played by none other than mumblecore maven Greta Gerwig. FRANCES, HUH???
From The Hollywood Reporter:
Frances Ha Golden Globe nominee Greta Gerwig has been tapped to topline the comedy pilot from How I Met Your Mother's Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and EP Emily Spivey, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Gerwig also will be credited as a producer and, should the pilot move to series, is expected to write as well.
Starring on a network sitcom seems like a strange move for Gerwig, who's known best for her roles in indie films like Baghead, Nights and Weekends (which she also directed) and Greenberg. That said, a girl's got to get paid and CBS is know to offer its stars big money — money that could fund a lot of passion projects or, like, a very nice house in Napa (even Gerwig needs to kick back with a glass of wine sometimes, y'all).
Besides, things might seem a whole lot less odd when you read her How I Met Your Dad character description:
Gerwig will play the lead role of Sally, a female Peter Pan who never has grown up and has no idea where she's going in life.
Right in Gerwig's wheelhouse, then.
I don't know if this news makes me want to watch How I Met Your Dad more, but it also doesn't make me want to watch it less.
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