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Putting Kristen Wiig in a movie automatically makes it funnier. They've done studies, you know. Sixty percent of the time, it works every time.
As if you needed more reasons to get excited about the Anchorman sequel, director Adam McKay announced via Twitter that the Bridesmaids star has signed on for Anchorman: The Legend Continues.
"Just found out Kristen Wiig officially on board for Anchorman 2. Cannonball!" McKay, a.k.a. @ghostpanther, tweeted on Monday.
(And in case you're not up on your Will Ferrell quotes, here's the movie moment McKay was referencing!)
The 2004 comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, about a hotshot local news anchor (Ferrell) whose world is turned upside-down when the station hires a female reporter (Christina Applegate), is long overdue for a sequel. Like the first film, the sequel will be set during a wave of social change in the 1970s.
"It's right when all the news started changing with the 24-hours news cycle in '78 or '79," McKay has teased. "All of a sudden, local news stations diversified and had Latino anchors and African-American anchors, and any time you're talking about diversity and the Action News team, that's always fun to deal with."
Original cast members Ferrell, Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner have all been confirmed for The Legend Continues, in addition to newcomer Wiig (who may playing a love interest to Carrell's low-IQ weatherman, Brick Tamland). Since production is still in the early stages, we hope they're squeezing in as much comic talent as possible. Here are five more comedians we think should make an appearance in Anchorman 2!
Melissa McCarthy - Obviously, everything would be improved with the addition of Melissa McCarthy, including the Hunger Games films and the Muppet movies. But this one seems like a natural fit. McCarthy could definitely hold her own against Koechner's good-ol'-boy sportscaster, Champion "Champ" Kind.
Chris Parnell - Every time this guy pops up on TV, whether he's playing Dr. Spacemen on 30 Rock or Fred Shay on Suburgatory, we wonder why SNL ever let him go. Fortunately, since Parnell was in the original cast, he's very likely to make a return.
Jessica Williams - We love her as a Daily Show correspondent, and while she hasn't done any movies yet, we're sure she could rock the role of a rival newscaster.
Amy Poehler - Speaking of people who should make more movies, we'd love to see the Parks & Recreation star ride her wave of admiration to the big screen. She does have films coming out in 2013 and 2014, but an Anchorman cameo (playing Applegate's sister, perhaps?) couldn't hurt!
Donald Glover - As he recently reminded us with his guest stint on Girls, Community star Glover is as hilarious as he is cute. Plus, as his alter-ego Childish Gambino, Glover could throw a rap breakdown into Anchorman 2's inevitable musical number.
Watch the teaser trailer for Anchorman: The Legend Continues below!