Kristen Wiig has been confirmed for Anchorman: The Legend Continues.

Director Adam McKay revealed the news that the Bridesmaids star has been cast in the forthcoming sequel on Twitter.

He wrote: "Just found out Kristen Wiig officially on board for Anchorman 2. Cannonball!"

Wiig is expected to play the love interest for Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) in the comedy.

Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate and David Koechner are all set to reprise their roles from the original 2004 film.

Anchorman: The Legend Continues is due to be released on December 20, 2013.