517827032 3 620 439 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Trailer: Welcome to the 1980s

It’s been a good nine years since last we saw Ron “I’m Kind of a Big Deal” Burgandy (Will Ferrell) on the big screen in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy. Will Ferrell, of course, has had plenty of box office successes in the time since – e.g., Talladega Nights and Megamind – but nothing that has really surpassed Anchorman in terms of pop cultural recognition. Maybe that’s why he’s making Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

The sequel, co-written and directed by Adam McKay, sees the return of Burgandy’s team – Bryan (Paul Rudd), Brick (Steve Carell), and Champ (David Koechner) – to the news after years of being off the air, this time in the always hilarious 1980s. Cue the Journey music.

Unsurprisingly, the trailer is less about showcasing the plot of the film and more about showcasing the “Ron Burgandy is such an oblivious, arrogant jerk!” jokes – which is fair, considering that’s what the people are paying for.

Still, there appear to be a few key details worth noting:

  • Ron’s dating again, which is fodder for a bunch of racial insensitivity jokes.
  • James Marsden seems to be playing Ron’s younger, more handsome anchor rival.
  • Christina Applegate makes a brief appearance as Veronica Corningstone, the mother of Ron’s son (is a custody battle in the cards?).
  • Kristen Wiig plays Brick’s new love interest. She’s basically Brick but in girl form.
  • And most importantly: Baxter the dog is back.

Check out the new poster below:

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Suffice it to say, those who enjoyed the first Anchorman are probably going to love the new trailer. And those who didn’t – well, there’s probably not much here that’s going to change your mind.

In addition to the aforementioned cast and crew, Anchorman 2 is being produced by Judd Appatow and will co-star Chris Parnell, Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Meagan Good, Dylan Baker, Greg Kinnear, and Fred Armisen. There will also be appearances by Kanye West, Liam Neeson, Harrison Ford, Drake, Sacha Baron Cohen, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, John C. Reilly, Nicole Kidman, and Jim Carrey.

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Anchorman  2: The Legend Continues hits theaters December 20th, 2013.

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