Details on Anchorman 2 have been scarce so far, but the website Bleeding Cool picked up on a casting call for a stand-in from an agency in Atlanta, where the movie begins filming this week:
Do you look like John C. Reilly? We’re seeking a caucasian male, 6’2″, any age. THIS SHOOTS TOMORROW, FEB 28th. Please submit your stats and 3 photos to TeachMan2ATL@gmail.com with the subject line JOHNNY DOUBLE.
It’s pretty reasonable to presume that, if production is looking for a John C. Reilly lookalike, they’re using John C. Reilly. It looks like Reilly’s part in the film may be a small one, as the stand-in gig is just a one day job. John C. Reilly was one of the original actors Adam McKay wanted for the first Anchorman. In an early draft of the screenplay, they included a list of their top choices for each character, with Reilly as Champ Kind, Ben Stiller as Brian Fantana, Chris Parnell as Brick Tamland, and Maggie Gyllenhaal as Veronica Corningstone.
So, the Anchorman 2 cast now includes Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, John C. Reilly, and probably a ton of amazing people we don’t know are in the movie yet.