Rumors have been swirling for weeks that Harrison Ford is contemplating reprising his role as Han Solo in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars Episode VII. Though we still don’t have confirmation that Ford will once again suit up as the most dangerous man in the galaxy, we do know that he’ll soon be suiting up (literally) and sitting behind a desk as one of the news anchors in Anchorman 2 (which is officially called Anchorman: The Legend Continues, but everyone in the world calls it Anchorman 2).
The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop, saying that Ford will play “a legendary newscaster a la Tom Brokaw” opposite Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell and the rest of the crew we got to know in the first film. The latest buzz is that Anchorman 2 will be set in New York City (so long to the “stay classy, San Diego” catchphrase), so perhaps Ford is playing a real big-wig in the news anchor world — could he be an adversary for Ron Burgundy?
Playing a cantankerous anchorman isn’t new to Ford — he played one in the underrated 2010 comedy Morning Glory. Interestingly, that film may have been when Ford initially met Abrams, as Abrams was a producer. Hollywood really is one big, interconnected (and some would say incestuous) mess.