Harrison Ford has signed up to play a veteran newscaster opposite Will Ferrell and Steve Carell in the forthcoming sequel to Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Ford, 70, also played a news anchor in the 2010 comedy Morning Glory. He will begin filming his role in Anchorman: The Legend Continues in Atlanta later this month. The sequel sees the return of Ferrell as misogynist San Diego news presenter Ron Burgundy, as well as Christina Applegate as erstwhile rival Veronica Corningstone; Paul Rudd, as fashion-oriented lead field reporter Brian Fantana and Carell as intellectually-challenged weatherman Brick Tamland. Also joining the cast is Bridesmaids' Kristen Wiig, who will reportedly play a love interest for Tamland.
The original 1970s-set Anchorman, which debuted in cinemas in 2004, saw Burgundy and Corningstone square off (before inevitably jumping into bed) as competing co-anchors on San Diego's market-leading KVWN-TV Channel 4. Director Adam McKay is also returning for the sequel, which has been in development for a number of years.
Meanwhile, it's been suggested that Ford will reprise his iconic role as Han Solo in Disney's forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. The studio is planning a new trilogy of films after purchasing all rights to the long-running space opera from creator George Lucas for $4.05bn in October. He is also due to appear in the Jackie Robinson biopic 42, the thriller Paranoia and another science fiction piece, the Orson Scott Card adaptation, Ender's Game.
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