By Maggie Andresen
Slated to be released by Paramount on December 20th, 2013, Anchorman: The Legend Continues is set as the riveting sequel to the 2004 hit Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Adam McKay’s film will feature its previous stars Will Ferrell as Ron Burgendy, Paul Rudd as Brian Fantana, Christina Applegate as Veronica Corningstone, Steve Carell as Brick Tamland, and David Koechner as Champ Kind. Rumors of actress Kristin Wiig playing Carell’s love interest in the film have been confirmed.
Set in New York instead of San Diego, the plot of the sequel entertains the idea of the news team finding the line of hard news versus celebrity interest stories. “We are going to focus on and comment on the transition from what was kind of traditional news to where entertainment forces started melding in, and Ron’s going to be one of the catalysts of that,” Ferrell commented.
A recently released photo of actor Ferrell in character next to a young boy and the confirmed rumor of a “custody battle” involved in the script has prompted much fan chatter. Presumably the child is the fruit of Ron and Veronica’s love, though this remains speculation only.
The most exciting news on the reporting horizon however is the casting of Oscar-nominated actor Harrison Ford. The revered 70 year old conquered adventure with Indiana Jones and Star Wars and now finds himself cast as a legendary newsman, molded after Tom Brokow types, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Ford will play opposite Ferrell, perhaps as a competing newscaster.
Producer Judd Apatow has been purposefully secretive about releasing plot details, though he promises audiences will be left laughing. “Adam McKay and Will Ferrell wrote it, Adam McKay directs it and they came up
with the most hilarious script,” Apatow said in a recent interview.” We read it a few weeks ago and people were laughing so hard that at about 40 minutes in we all just ran out of gas. It was hard to read the whole thing
because we got tired from laughing.” If the film is anything reminiscent of its predecessor, the laughs should roll in easily.
However little is known about the film’s plot, it is widely known that Ferrell is ecstatic about the reprise. Apatow laughs at seeing the actor in character. “I’ve never seen anyone delight in playing a character than Will acting like Ron Burgundy all day. He’s just so happy doing it it’s infectious.”