Harrison Ford has landed a new role in Anchorman 2, or to use its proper title Anchorman: The Legend Continues.
The veteran actor will play a “legendary” anchor in the style of NBC’s Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw in the sequel to 2004’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Directed by Adam McKay, who co-wrote the script and is co-producing the film with Will Ferrell, returning cast members are Steve Carrell, David Koechner, Paul Rudd, and Christina Applegate.
In addition to Ford’s new role, James Marsden and Kristen Wiig are the other newbies to the Anchorman universe.
Wiig brought the house down in a memorably funny co-presenting sketch with Ferrell at this year’s Golden Globes, so it will be interesting to see what she brings to the locker room of Anchorman 2.
Huffington Post reports that Ford previously played a gnarly newscaster in the romantic comedy Morning Glory, and gamely put on comedy hats in films such as Six Days, Seven Nights, Working Girl, and Sabrina.
He may be 70-years-old but this long player has an upcoming film roll-out that any younger actor would envy.
Even before Ford’s expected reprisal of interstellar bounty hunter Hans Solo in Disney’s Star Wars sequel, the Chicago native will shortly bow in the Jackie Robinson biopic 42 from April 12th; corporate thriller Paranoia; and sci-fi dystopia Ender’s Game.
Anchorman: The Legend Continues begins shooting this month in Atlanta and is slated for a December 20 release.
Are you excited about Harrison Ford’s new role, what do you think he will bring to the table?