Harrison Ford Joins Anchorman Sequel!
Anchorman: The Legend Continues just picked up another big star: Harrison Ford. He’s kind of a big deal.
Ford will reportedly be playing “an esteemed new anchor.” ComingSoon runs down the other known cast members so far:
[Ford] joins the returning Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, David Koechner and Paul Rudd as well as fellow newcomers Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Dylan Baker and Meagan Good.
Now that Ron Burgundy (Ferrell) and Veronica Corningstone (Applegate) are on the same team, maybe Ford will be the new hot shot in town who challenges Ron’s supremacy.
Ford doesn’t exactly have much history with broad comedy. He played another “legendary news anchor” in 2010′s critically and commercially unsuccessful rom-com Morning Glory; and a satirical take on his action star image bombed in 2003′s Hollywood Homicide. Ford has had some success in supporting roles in lighter comedies and other rom-coms, like Sabrina and Working Girl. Perhaps his broadest funny role yet is the 1979 gem The Frisco Kid, opposite Gene Wilder.
Of course, Ford is fine with a laugh-inducing quip, whether he’s Indy, Han, or even Rick Deckard. But I don’t quite see how he’ll fit in here. He’s neither a full-out comedian, nor the kind of super-serious actor that often plays well against silly comedies, like Robert DeNiro in Meet The Parents; Gene Hackman in Young Frankenstein, The Birdcage, or The Royal Tenenbaums; Leslie Nielsen (yes, he was originally a serious actor) in Police Squad or Airplane!; or Patrick Stewart in anything with Seth MacFarlane.
Still, I’m sure Ferrell and Adam McKay have a plan, and will make it work.
What do you think?