James Marsden to play Ron Burgundy’s nemesis in ‘Anchorman 2’

The sequel to the cult newsroom comedy is due to begin shooting next month

X-Men star James Marsden has joined the cast of Anchorman 2.

According to Deadline, Marsden will appear as a “rival anchor and nemesis to” Ron Burgundy, the ‘tache-sporting character played by Will Ferrell.

Titled Anchorman: The Legend Continues, the newsroom sequel is due to begin shooting next month (March). Alongside Ferrell, original cast members Steve Carell, David Koechner, Paul Rudd and Christina Applegate have all signed on to reprise their roles, while Kristen Wiig has recently joined the cast too.

Released in 2004, the original Anchorman was a parody of a 70s TV newsroom written by Ferrell and director Adam McKay. The pair have also teamed up to write the sequel, which is slated for release on December 20.

Speaking last year, McKay revealed a few teasers about the sequel’s plot, saying: “I don’t want to give away too much, but I’ll just give a couple of ideas that we’ve kicked around. Keep in mind we’re still writing the story, but I’ll say one phrase for you: custody battle. I’ll give you that. I’ll give you another one: bowling for dollars.”