James Marsden Signs on for ANCHORMAN Sequel

James Marsden Signs on for ANCHORMAN SequelJames Marsden, who just completed a stint on NBC's 30 ROCK, has officially signed on for Ron Burgundy's second outing, ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND CONTINUES, Deadline has confirmed.

According to the site, Marsden will play a "rival anchor" of Burgundy's.

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Anchorman: The Legend Continues will once again star Will Ferrell as news anchorman Ron Burgundy. Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, and Kristen Wiig will also star. The first film was released by Dreamworks in 2004 and grossed more than $91 million worldwide at the box office.

The sequel to the 2004 smash hit comedy will center on "how round the clock news has impacted the San Diego-based broadcasting team." The director revealed that he intends to convey a serious message in his story, in addition to the anticipated jokes. "Even though it's going to be a big silly movie, it's all about the rise of the new media and 24 hour news cycle, and there's a lot of interesting points to make," he added. "It's just funny that Americans have to contend with 2000 channels, and 60 different specific news sources, and the confusion that it creates, and the junk that we get to see is hilarious."

Anchorman 2 is directed by Adam McKay and produced by Judd Apatow, Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions.

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