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Fred Willard Hasn't Heard Anything About Returning For 'Anchorman: The Legend Continues'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist July 18, 2012 at 10:42AM

It's hard to believe, but it's true: Ron Burgundy really and truly is returning for another big-screen outing. Two teaser trailers released this spring for "Anchorman: The Legend Continues" affirmed that everything is moving forward, but a script still needs to be banged out. Details have been scarce, mostly because Adam McKay is still putting it together (though he did let on that Ron will find himself in a newly diversified media world and dealing with a custody battle), and aside from the main cast -- Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Christina Applegate -- there's been no word who else from the massive ensemble of the first film might pop by. But surely Ed Harken won't be left behind?
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It's hard to believe, but it's true: Ron Burgundy really and truly is returning for another big-screen outing. Two teaser trailers released this spring for "Anchorman: The Legend Continues" affirmed that everything is moving forward, but a script still needs to be banged out. Details have been scarce, mostly because Adam McKay is still putting it together (though he did let on that Ron will find himself in a newly diversified media world and dealing with a custody battle), and aside from the main cast -- Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Christina Applegate -- there's been no word who else from the massive ensemble of the first film might pop by. But surely Ed Harken won't be left behind?

The AV Club recently caught up with Fred Willard for their always excellent Random Roles feature, and in chatting about "Anchorman," the comic actor revealed his phone hasn't rung about the followup. "I haven’t heard. I doubt that I will because if they’re going to write a script, I think what they do is call and say, 'Do you want to be part of this?' I don’t know, everybody is asking me that—I had a great time doing it, I love working with Will Ferrell, but who knows?" he said.

As much as we want to know what is going on with his German pornography-loving son now, with Ron having moved to the national level at the end of the first film, it seems his old boss got left behind (which probably means no Chris Parnell as Garth Holliday either -- "Poop mouth!"). So scratch Willard from your list of returning stars for now.

"Anchorman: The Legend Continues" shoots early next year, but no release date has yet been announced.

This article is related to: Anchorman: The Legend Continues, Fred Willard


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