I’m trying really hard to control my excitement for Anchorman: The Legend Continues. I know that sequels to beloved originals – especially comedies – are often disappointments. I know the lightning rarely strikes in the same place twice. I know … but I can hope. This latest news, though, makes it really difficult for me not to run around the apartment screaming “You guys! You Guys! Seriously! Oh my God, you guys!” Because James Marsden has been cast as Ron Burgundy’s nemesis.
The only information that we have right now is that Marsden has been cast as a rival anchor, but of course that could mean anything. What is exciting about this is that it’s another, excellent addition to the original cast – which includes Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and Christina Applegate, all back in their original parts. Marsden has proven that he can play comedy, even if the film surrounding him sometimes leaves something to be desired (I’m looking at you, Sex Drive). And who better to stand up again Burgundy than the quaffed, blue-eyed Marsden with his giga-watt smile? I can see all kinds of comedic possibilities here.
Marsden is a confirmed addition to the cast, joining fellow newcomer Kristen Wiig, who we think is playing Brick Tamland’s (Steve Carell) wife. Nice to see some quality newbies joining up with the original team.
We shall have to wait and see what the folks behind Anchorman: The Legend Continues have up their sleeves. Will Marsden team up with Vince Vaughn’s Wes Mantooth? Will Burgundy’s mustache be threatened? And will we have another flute solo? Only director Adam McKay knows for sure.
Production on Anchorman: The Legend Continues begins in March. We’ll keep you updated on casting decisions as they come in. Until then: stay classy, San Diego. (Sorry, I had to do it.)