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James Marsden Adds Name to ‘Anchorman: The Legend Continues’

Written by on February 21, 2013 

With Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Steve Carell, the Anchorman news team was in no short supply of handsome newscasters. Improving the statistical average just a bit with their own casting is James Marsden, who Deadline peg as the latest addition to Adam McKay‘s secretive, much-anticipated follow-up to 2004’s certified classic. People like him, and people want to see this movie — so, it all works out as is.

Yet early details make these circumstance even better. In that story, his involvement is revealed to be Ron Burgundy and company’s “rival anchor and nemesis” — this movie’s version of Wes Mantooth, perhaps. (Not to be catty, but Vince Vaughn to James Marsden is nothing if not quite the upgrade.) It’s a wise casting choice, seeing as we, now, have a more “traditional” performer with strong comedic sense, both in terms of timing and candor. Like the rest of the (quite nice) cast — including the returning Christina Applegate, newcomer Kristen Wiig, and, maybe, Terrence Stamp — he’ll be starting the shoot next month. It’s just not soon enough.

Anchorman: The Legend Continues will open on December 20th.

Does Marsden’s addition create any further anticipation for yourself?

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