Is “Anchorman: The Legend Continues” the most star-studded Georgia production ever?

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Will Ferrell on the set of “Anchorman: The Legend Continues” at
Woodruff Park in Atlanta. Photo: Skip Hammerman

Making use of Georgia’s incredible settings and fiscal resources for nearly two months now, Adam McKay’s sequel to comedy mega-hit “Anchorman” is still filming in Atlanta. “Anchorman: The Legend Continues” sees Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner all return to reprise their roles and welcomes new cast members like Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Harrison Ford and Meagan Good.

One of the big stories out of this film isn’t the main cast, but the slew of huge stars that have been roped in to shooting cameos for the film. Jim Carrey, Sasha Baron Cohen, Kirsten Dunst, Tina Fey, Liam Neeson, Nicole Kidman, Amy Poehler, John C. Reilly, Vince Vaughn and Kanye West have all been spotted in Atlanta in recent weeks filming their scenes. Rumor has it that Will Smith will also appear. In their downtime, some of the celebrities have been spotted enjoying the city at spots like Ecco and the Park 75 Lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel on 14th Street. Baron Cohen, Fey, Marsden, Neeson, Poehler, Reilly and Rudd were all spotted having a drink together at the Park 75 on Monday night. Most of these cameos have been filmed in Woodruff Park in Downtown Atlanta this past week, but recent shooting has taken place all over town as well as in and around Glynn County on the Georgia coast. Ferrell and company spent a few days filming at the St. Simons Island pier.

“Anchorman: The Legend Continues” promises to be one of the year’s biggest hits and will hit cinema screens in December, shortly after another Georgia-lensed future blockbuster, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” Before “Anchorman” brought dozens of stars into town, “Catching Fire” might have been the most star-studded Georgia production to date. That film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrellson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin and Stanley Tucci. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is currently back in Atlanta completing reshoots.

Georgia’s television boom also continues. Currently, “The Walking Dead” is shooting in Senoia, “Being Mary Jane” is shooting at EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Atlanta and “Necessary Roughness” is filming in Atlanta (including shoots at Lenox Mall and the W Midtown).

After her recent arrest, Reese Witherspoon has resumed work on her film “The Good Lie” in Atlanta. The Philippe Falardeau film also stars Corey Stoll and Arnold Oceng. Shooting has taken place all over town, from Marietta Street to Cheshire Bridge Road and Woodland Avenue.

“A Friggin’ Christmas Miracle” is also still filming in Atlanta. Robin Williams, Lauren Graham, Joel McHale, Oliver Platt and Candice Bergen star in the holiday themed comedy from director Tristram Shapeero. Some shooting has taken place in Stone Mountain.

Atlanta isn’t the only Georgia city seeing stars, however. “Need for Speed” has been filming all over Macon in recent weeks, including many of the city’s signature downtown avenues. The Scott Waugh film stars Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Dakota Johnson, Michael Keaton, Imogen Poots, Ramon Rodriguez and Kid Cudi. Shooting will also take place in Rome next month.

So what productions will kick off next in the Empire State of the South? “Solace,” starring Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins, Abbie Cornish and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, as well as “Million Dollar Arm,” starring Jon Hamm, Alan Arkin and Suraj Sharma. Both films are set to begin production later this month. Producer Mark Joseph has also been touring Georgia recently, scouting locations for a planned Ronald Reagan biopic. Georgia’s lustrous film community is working hard to lure the production away from the original plans to shoot in North Carolina. Two films are set to film at Lake Lanier this summer—Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore will film their new romantic comedy, “Blended,” for Warner Brothers and a remake of “Endless Love” is in the works for Universal Studios. More information on those two films to come.

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