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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