Harrison Ford Role: Star Coming Back to Screen for ‘Anchorman' 2

Tuesday, 05 Mar 2013 11:00 AM

By Michael Mullins

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After a brief lull in his career, actor Harrison Ford will be returning to the big screen in 2013 in a role in the upcoming comedy, "Anchorman: The Legend Continues."

In the much-anticipated sequel to the 2004 comedy, which starred former "Saturday Night Live" star Will Ferrell as the awkward 1970's, politically incorrect news anchorman "Ron Burgandy," Ford will play a Tom Brokaw-like anchor, reported The Atlantic Wire.

The role will be familiar territory for Ford, who played a newsman in the 2010 comedy "Morning Glory," noted The Hollywood Reporter's Tatiana Siegel.

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Ford's last starring role was in the 2011 sci-fi thriller "Cowboys & Aliens," playing opposite James Bond star Daniel Craig. The film received mediocre reviews at the time.

As for "Anchorman" 2, will Ford's character be a competitor to Burgandy, a cohort possibly? Little is known about his character's direction in the upcoming sequel, considering few details about the movie, which is due out in late December, have been released.

In addition to the Anchorman sequel, Ford will be appearing in three additional features on the big screen in 2013 — the long-awaited "Ender's Game" adaptation, the Jackie Robinson biopic "42," and corporate espionage thriller "Paranoia," reported The Atlantic Wire.

Perhaps Ford's most anticipated role however will come in 2015 when he will reportedly reprise his role as the intergalactic smuggler Hans Solo in "Star Wars: Episode VII," the latest installment of the epic motion picture space saga.

Interestingly, Ford had previously said he believed his character should have died at the end of "Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of the Jedi."

"I thought he should have died in the last one, just to give it some bottom; some gravitas," Ford told Peter Travers in an interview with ABC in 2010. "George didn't think there was any future in dead Han toys."

Perhaps one of Ford's most memorable quotes came in 2000, when during an interview on Bravo's "Inside the Actors Studio" he was asked about his heritage, with an Irish Catholic father and Russian Jewish mother, Ford humorously said, "As a man I've always felt Irish, as an actor I've always felt Jewish."

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According to the website Box Office Mojo, Ford's films have grossed a total of over $3.5 billion domestically, with worldwide grosses surpassing $6 billion.

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