Ever since it was announced that CBS’s long-running comedy How I Met Your Mother would conclude this spring with season 9, rumors have been swirling that the network was exploring ways to keep the property alive. That possibility eventually became a reality with the announcement that a spinoff was officially in the works.

However, since plans for How I Met Your Dad were revealed, few details about the new series have trickled out. Early speculation that the show could focus on the character played by Cristin Milioti on How I Met Your Mother was quickly dismissed. Instead, the spinoff will reportedly introduce a new group of friends, using the style and format of its parent series as well as popular settings like MacLaren’s Pub.

According to Deadline, CBS has announced that Greta Gerwig – who co-wrote and starred in last year’s acclaimed indie Frances Ha – will lead the cast of How I Met Your Dad.

The actress will play a character named Sally who finds support in her family and friends after breaking up with her new husband. In addition to starring on the show, Gerwig will serve as producer and will likely write as well, should the show go beyond its current pilot green light.

20th Century Fox Television – the studio behind the How I Met Your Dad – was reportedly so intent on bringing Gerwig aboard that it was willing to relocate production to New York following the pilot’s filming in Los Angeles. How I Met Your Mother director Pamela Fryman will helm the pilot, with Emily Spivey (Up All Night) and HIMYM creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas writing and executive producing.

Longtime How I Met Your Mother fans may have been initially skeptical about the idea of a spinoff largely unconnected to the story of Ted Mosby and his friends, but the casting of a up-and-coming star like Gerwig could certainly go a long way toward earning the show some audience goodwill.

After all, How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor was a relative unknown before he was tapped to lead the show as a romantic leading man and has since gone on to write, direct and star in a pair of independent features himself.

Gerwig is already coming into the spinoff with indie cred and a likable onscreen presence. How I Met Your Dad could be just the project she needs to become a household name, and her performance could very well enhance a show that might have otherwise suffered underneath the weight of its predecessor.

Do you think Gerwig is the right choice for How I Met Your Dad? What are you hoping for with the new show? Let us know in the comments section below.

Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on How I Met Your Dad as the show nears production. How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays @8pm on CBS. The series finale airs March 31st, 2014.

Source: Deadline