James Marsden has been cast in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

The actor is set to play a rival anchor and arch nemesis to Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy in the comedy sequel, reports Deadline.

Marsden is best known for his role as Cyclops in the X-Men film series, and has also starred in Superman Returns, 27 Dresses and Hairspray.

Bridesmaids star Kristen Wiig has also been confirmed to be joining the cast of the sequel, alongside returning stars such as Paul Rudd and Steve Carell.

Anchorman: The Legend Continues is scheduled to be released on December 20.