Harrison Ford On Board for ‘Anchorman 2’
Harrison Ford has signed up to star in director Adam McKay‘s sequel to 2004‘s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Ford will play a veteran newscaster like Dan Rather or Tom Brokaw; whether this means he will be a rival or mentor character to Will Ferrell‘s Ron Burgundy remains to be seen.
McKay is reuniting stars Ferrell, Steve Carell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd and David Koechner for the sequel he will produce with Ferrell, Judd Apatow and Kevin Messick. Kristen Wiig is one of the new faces in the cast.
Ford is widely anticipated to be reprising his iconic role of Han Solo for the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars Episode VII in 2015. (Speaking of Abrams, he co-produced 2010‘s Morning Glory, in which Ford played, coincidentally, an anchorman.)
In the meantime, Ford has three other films coming this year. First up is a supporting role in 42, a biography of baseball great Jackie Robinson directed by Brian Helgeland, in April. Then he will appear opposite Gary Oldman in director Robert Luketic‘s thriller Paranoia in October. In November, Ford will be appearing in an the highly anticipated space adventure, Ender’s Game, based on the novel by Orson Scott Card.
Anchorman 2 is currently scheduled for release on December 20.