‘Elf’ Casting Director Shares Her Pick for the Star of a Possible Remake

ELF, Will Ferrell, 2003
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Thanksgiving is over and most people are now focusing all in on the holidays. One of the most popular Christmas movies in recent decades is Elf, starring Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf, who embarks on an adventure from the North Pole to New York City to find his biological father. The film also stars the late James Caan as Buddy’s dad. Ferrell has shot down rumors of a highly-anticipated sequel, saying that even though he was offered millions, he didn’t feel another Elf story needed to be made.

Still, fans are hoping and praying for another Elf movie. Now, the 2003 film’s casting director Susie Farris shared who she would cast in a potential remake. She did clarify that one is not currently in the works and this is all just hopes and dreams.

LOVE, GILDA, Bill Hader, 2018

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Farris revealed that her number one pick would be Bill Hader, best known for being on Saturday Night Live after Ferrell and for projects such as HBO’s Barry. She explained, “I just think that he’s quirky and endearing.” He has already appeared in one Christmas-themed movie called Noelle in 2019.

NOELLE, US poster, from left: Anna Kendrick, Bill Hader, 2019

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For now, it seems talks of an Elf sequel or remake are going nowhere. However, the original cast did reunite in 2020 for a virtual table read for a fundraiser. Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel, Ed Asner, Bob Newhart, Andy Richter, Amy Sedaris, and Mary Steenburgen all appeared. Other stars including John Lithgow, Wanda Sykes, Ed Helms, and more also joined the table read and raised over $400,000.

ELF, Will Ferrell, 2003

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If Elf did get a remake, would you like to see Bill Hader play Buddy? Or do you have someone else in mind? Share your thoughts with us!

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