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James Marsden Cast as Rival in 'Anchorman: The Legend Continues'

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February 21, 2013
Source: Deadline

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Cyclops is going up against Ron Burgundy. Casting is still underway on the upcoming Anchorman sequel, subtitled The Legend Continues, reuniting Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay and the rest of the original cast. A few weeks ago, it was confirmed that Kristen Wiig would co-star, and just last week we heard that Terrence Stamp may be taking a Rupert Murdoch role, too. Now the latest word coming from Deadline is that actor James Marsden, last seen in Robot & Frank and the Straw Dogs remake, has nabbed a key role in the long-awaited sequel. Sounds like things are coming together, since this should be ready by December.

Anchorman: The Legend Continues will star Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and of course, Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy, the legendary Channel 4 Evening News anchor. Deadline says that James Marsden will play a "rival anchor and nemesis to Ferrell's Ron Burgundy in the sequel." Beyond that, plot details are being kept under wraps and I don't think we'll hear much until they start shooting. I've been excited for this sequel since the moment was announced, and I'm happy they're lining up a damn good cast. As director Richard Kelly stated on Twitter, "Marsden as Ron Burgundy's nemesis in Anchorman 2 is awesome news."

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Reader Feedback - 10 Comments

1

Very nice casting choice. Marsden does an excellent straight man and he can be very funny too. Ed Helms could have been good too.

DAVIDPD on Feb 21, 2013

2

Sweet Lincoln's mullet!

LosZombies on Feb 21, 2013

3

Odin's Raven!

DAVIDPD on Feb 21, 2013

4

Knights of Columbus!

LosZombies on Feb 21, 2013

5

Zeus's Beard!

DAVIDPD on Feb 21, 2013

6

Sounds good to me. I for one am not in favor of them bringing him or Famke Janssen back for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Let dead dogs lie

Chris Groves on Feb 21, 2013

7

Especially because they introduced Cyclop's younger brother in the 1960s, Havok. Kind of messing up the continuity.

DAVIDPD on Feb 21, 2013

8

Well...First Class messed up the continuity in more ways than one. You could always say that the movie version isn't Cyclops' younger brother. I mean, First Class had young Charles being paralyzed, yet The Last Stand and Origins had him walking at a much older age. First Class had Erik and Charles meeting as adults, yet X-Men 1 had Xavier saying they met when Xavier was 17. First Class had Cerebro be a product of Hank McCoy, while Xavier says Magneto helped him build it in either X1 or X2. First Class had Xavier see Magneto dawn the telepathy blocking helmet, yet in X1 Xavier acting surprised by it. First Class being a semi-reboot/semi-prquel damn near ruined this whole franchise. Even though The Last Stand was very different and Origins was a step down in quality....at least they more or less TRIED to keep continuity in line with the other films. First Class said 'Screw you' whenever it was convenient.

Chris Groves on Feb 21, 2013

9

All points are valid. I was just commenting on the relevant part of your original comment. Haha.

DAVIDPD on Feb 21, 2013

10

I like James Marsden. He can do it all -- action, drama and surprisingly good at comedy!

Mithun Divakaran on Feb 22, 2013

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