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It could be the popularity of the first film, or perhaps the showstopping bravado of the sequel's announcement, but it seems that anticipation is running very high for 'Anchorman: The Legend Continues.' Adam McKay re-teams with Will Ferrell to craft a followup to the smash hit 2004 comedy about arrogant, but powerfully magnetic newsman Ron Burgundy. The sequel already boasts the return of most of the original cast, which was in and of itself formidable, as well as the addition of Kristen Wiig as a potential love interest for Steve Carell's Brick Tamland. Now it appears James Marsden ('X-Men') has climbed aboard as well. The plot details are still largely being kept secret, but rumor has it that Marsden will play another anchorman; a rival to our beloved Burgundy. The film is set to begin filming next month in Atlanta ahead of its December 20th release.
This is fantastic news. I am a huge fan of Marsden, and while I think he did a great job as Cyclops, my affinity for him as a performer has little to do with his appearances in the filmic X-Men franchise. In fact, I think the fact that he became primarily known for playing this comic book hero for many years obscured audiences from his natural talent for comedy. The guy is incredibly funny. Luckily, between films like 'Enchanted' and his fantastic run on '30 Rock,' people have more recently come to recognize his comedic chops. Given that the cast of the first 'Anchorman' was a comedy dream team, I'm very happy to see Marsden added to those ranks above a more obvious contemporary funnyman choice like James Franco or Jonah Hill. It's a bit strange, however, that they are still casting the movie and won't even begin filming until next month if 'Anchorman: The Legend Continues' is due to be released in December, but perhaps McKay has settled into a comfortable routine with these comedies that allows him to be quite efficient. I only hope quality is not sacrificed for that efficiency.
What do you guys think? Is Marsden a good addition to the cast? Do you agree he's just as good in comedies as he is in superhero flicks?