Meg Ryan Joins the How I Met Your Mother Spinoff, but There's a Twist

The You've Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle star will voice the older version of Greta Gerwig's lead character in CBS' How I Met Your Dad pilot

By Tierney Bricker Apr 23, 2014 9:25 PMTags
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Bob Saget, meet your female counterpart!

Meg Ryan is set to join the cast of How I Met Your Dad, CBS' buzzed-about How I Met Your Mother spinoff, E! News has confirmed.

However, there's a twist: Ryan will not actually be appearing on-screen, but the You've Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle star will voice 'Future Sally," the older version of Greta Gerwig's lead character. In the original series, Full House's Bob Saget provided the future voice for Josh Radnor's Ted.CBS and 20th Century Fox had no comment on Ryan's casting.

Though HIMYD has yet to receive a series order, with CBS announcing its pickups at its Upfront presentation in May, the comedy is likely to be find itself on the network's fall lineup.

Starring Gerwig, who also will serve as a writer, Nick D'Agosto, Anders Holm and Drew Tarver, How I Met Your Dad tells the story of how the free-spirited Sally, who, along with the help of her friends, found the father of her children, just as her first marriage is ending.

And narrating Sally's love story isn't Ryan's only new TV gig as The When Harry Met Sally actress is set to headline and executive produce a new, currently untitled, comedy for NBC.

In the series, Ryan will tackle the role of a devoted and nonconfrontational single mother who returns to her New York publishing house, where she was once a brilliant editor. Of course, things have changed since she left and her former intern Brenda is now her 30-year-old boss. Now, she has to find a way to keep her neurotic boss, her teenage kids, her soon-to-be ex-husband and her overbearing mother-in-law happy, which always seems to lead to her overcomplicating every situation.