We’ve got a few casting stories to share this evening. Briefly:
- As production gears up to begin next month, James Marsden has joined the cast of Anchorman 2 as a rival anchor and nemesis to Ron Burgundy.
- Michael Biehn has been tapped to topline the Canadian MMA horror thriller Severed Connection.
- Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan (Joyful Noise) is set to star opposite Anna Kendrick in writer/director Richard LaGravenese’s musical The Last Five Years.
Hit the jump for more information on the aforementioned casting stories.
Per Deadline, James Marsden is the latest castmember to join director Adam McKay’s sequel Anchorman: The Legend Continues. Plot details are being kept firmly under wraps, but Marsden will reportedly be playing another anchor who also happens to be Ron Burgundy’s nemesis. I’ve no qualms with this casting as Marsden showed some serious comedic chops on the final two seasons of 30 Rock. We know that Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, and Christina Applegate are all set to reprise their roles in the follow-up, with Kristen Wiig also joining the cast.
Moving right along, The Terminator star and 80s staple Michael Biehn will be headlining the upcoming horror film Severed Connection. The story centers on a man and a woman who wake up to find themselves trapped in a remote location. THR reports that Biehn will be joined by Jennifer Blanc, UFC’s Krzysztof Soszynski, Nick Bateman (Hobo with a Shotgun), and karate expert Cody Hackman. The film is slated for release sometime in 2014.
Finally, director Richard LaGravenese has found his female lead for the musical The Last Five Years. Based off a stage production Jason Robert Brown, the story has an intriguing structure. The female lead’s story goes in reverse starting from the end of the marriage, and the male lead’s story starts from the beginning of the relationship, and the only point where the two leads share the stage is a wedding song in the middle. Anna Kendrick joined the film last fall as the female lead, and Deadline reports that Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan has been set as the male lead. It’ll be interesting to see how LaGravenese structures the feature film.