Belated sequels to the popular mid-2000s titles Sin City and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy are arriving in 2013. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens first in October, followed by director Adam McKay and his co-writer/star Will Ferrell’s Anchorman: The Legend Continues during the Winter Holiday session.
Rodriguez and Miller started production on A Dame to Kill For over three months ago, but only just cast Eva Green as the titular femme fatale a week ago; indeed, the green-screen heavy project is still adding more people to the mix. Meanwhile, the Anchorman sequel has officially brought another big-name funny lady into the mix (joining Christina Applegate, back as Veronica Corningstone).
Variety is reporting that Golden Globe-winner Stacy Keach (Prison Break, Lights Out) has joined the second Sin City installment, playing mob boss Wallenquist – a character Miller describes as “the one man who can’t be redeemed in Sin City. He is pure evil.” In Miller’s graphic novel source material, the villain is known as ‘The Kraut’ and figures into the events of the “A Dame to Kill For” storyline (featuring Green as Ava Lord and Josh Brolin as a young Dwight McCarthy).
Other new additions include Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Johnny, a character whose storyline was created for the film by Miller and co-writer William Monahan (The Departed), along with Jeremy Piven, Ray Liotta and Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises) in supporting roles and Dennis Haysbert replacing the late Michael Clarke Duncan as Manute. Meanwhile, Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, Jessica Alba and Bruce Willis are among those reprising their roles from the previous installment.
On the Anchorman 2 side of things: Wiig’s been rumored to join the party for a couple months, possibly serving as a love interest to dim-witted Brick Tamland (Steve Carell). McKay confirmed the Bridesmaids star/writer’s casting via Twitter, but did not elaborate on her role in the sequel’s proceedings.
As mentioned before, Wiig is joining Ferrell and Applegate, in addition to returnees like Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner. The sequel catches up with Burgundy and his San Diego news team at the birth of the 24-hours news cycle, a few years after the first movie; once again, there are going to be tons of celebrity cameos to go around. The movie also integrates full-blown musical numbers into the mix, as a carryover from when Anchorman 2 was envisioned as a Broadway musical.
Which, if either, of these sequels do you think can match or exceed the popularity of its predecessor (financially and critically)? Let us know in the comments section.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens in theaters (including 3D) on October 4th, 2013.
Anchorman: The Legend Continues arrives on December 20th, 2013.