Actress-writer-indie darling Greta Gerwig has landed the starring role in How I Met Your Dad, CBS’ in-the-works spin-off of How I Met Your Mother, TVLine has learned.
Gerwig will play the soulmate-searching Sally, a female Peter Pan who has never grown up and has no idea of where she’s going in life. She has just figured out that she has nothing in common with her husband of less than a year. A break-up is inevitable, but Sally will find a solid circle of support in her friends and family, who are often too willing to give “good” advice that can backfire badly. Meanwhile, Sally must filter out the input and decide what’s best for her.
In addition to starring in HIMYD, Gerwig — whose film credits include No Strings Attached, Arthur, Greenberg and, most recently, Frances Ha (for which she earned a Golden Globe nod) — will also serve as a producer and, if the project gets a green light, an occasional writer.
Up All Night‘s Emily Spivey penned the pilot with HIMYM creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays. The show is set to shoot in New York if it gets ordered to series.