Greta Gerwig has been cast in the lead role for the upcoming “How I Met Your Mother” spinoff for CBS, titled “How I Met Your Dad.” Unfortunately, many of her fans feel taking on the role went against all that she stands for, and because of that, Gerwig has dealt with tons of backlash.
Although Gerwig has gotten most of her notoriety from indie films, such as “Greenberg,” “Damsels In Distress,” and “Frances Ha,” she went mainstream in 2011, appearing in “No Strings Attached,” and the “Arthur” remake, starring Russell Brand.
Still, the majority of her fans think of her as an indie star and don’t seem to be on board with this new career path. After the news of her role on “How I Met Your Mother” was announced, fans took to Twitter to slam Gerwig for selling out.
“Wow. No, Greta Gerwig. No. I mean… Greta Gerwig’s gotta eat. But… No. #HIMYD,” one fan wrote. Another said. “Frances Ha is too good for this.” A third tweeted, “I wish I could sell out like Greta Gerwig… #AllTheHaters.”
Critic Jordan Hoffman was even more brutal, telling his followers, “Greta Gerwig may’ve just secured her financial future but officially became of no interest to me anymore.”
Although the series does appear to be a bit out of her normal range, Gerwig will have more power over what goes down on the series since she’s signed on as more than just an actress. In fact, she’s a lot more than an actress. Not only will Greta Gerwig serve as a producer on the show, she will also be a writer on “How I Met Your Dad.”
Another thing Gerwig’s Indie fans are upset about is the fact that her presence on the CBS show will ban her from making indie films.
According to Film School Rejects, Gerwig’s “nuanced indie filmmaking career is over. As we all know, once you’ve chosen artless sell-out fare that will provide a higher profile that empowers you to make more personal films, you can never make a personal film again. To make matters worse, Gerwig’s show will shoot in New York City where independent films are rarely, if ever, made.”
On “How I Met Your Dad,” Gerwig will play Sally, a “female Peter Pan who never has grown up and has no idea where she’s going in life.” When the series begins, Sally is seen realizing that her and her husband have nothing in common with the man she married less than a year prior.
“A breakup is inevitable, but Sally will find a solid circle of support in her friends and family, who often are too willing to give ‘good’ advice that can backfire badly,” The Hollywood Reporter revealed. “Meanwhile, Sally must filter out the input and decide what’s best for her.”
No word on when the series will air.
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