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‘Elf’ Casting Director Picks Will Ferrell’s Replacement for Potential Remake

‘Elf’ Casting Director Picks Will Ferrell’s Replacement for Potential Remake

It’s been 20 years since Buddy the Elf (Will Ferrell) made his magical trek from the North Pole to NYC, but screening his adventures remains a beloved Christmas tradition by all ages. So much so, in fact, that there are talks of an Elf remake.

Now, there are no serious plans for a remake, but in a recent interview with People, Elf casting director Susie Farris revealed she would “live for” a return to the wondrous world of Buddy the Elf. This time, though, Buddy might look a little different. When asked who she would choose to fill Will Ferrell’s curled shoes, Farris reached for another beloved comedian.

“Off the top of my head, I’m just going to say Bill Hader,” Farris said. “I just think that he’s quirky and endearing and yeah, I’d like to see Bill Hader.”

With Elf being an absolute smash hit with enduring popularity, why wouldn’t she just cast Will Ferrell in a remake? Unfortunately for all the Buddy fans out there, Ferrell declined a remake or sequel – for now, at least.

“I’ve read that Will felt like he gave this character all that he could give it,” Farris shared. She added that if Will Ferrell had agreed to a sequel, it certainly wouldn’t have taken 20 years to make it.

“I think if Will wanted to do a sequel, there would be a sequel,” she said. “Creatively, I hope that he is very fulfilled in life, but I’d like him to do this.”

An ‘Elf’ Sequel Would See Buddy as a Dad

Those who love Elf will remember that the story ends with Buddy and Jovie spending time at the North Pole with their baby, Susie. Should there ever be a sequel to the Christmas classic, Susie Farris would like to see more of Will Ferrell’s Buddy the Elf as a dad.

As it’s been 20 years since the original, Susie would now be a teenager or young adult. And Farris has actors in mind for this role, too! “I love Elle Fanning. I also really love Mckenna Grace,” the casting director said.

Will Ferrell Originally Worried ‘Elf’ Would Be a Flop

Will Ferrell isn’t exactly known for his family-friendly brand of humor, so when a Christmas movie called Elf came across his desk, he wasn’t sure what to think. The actor revealed that, actually, he was a little worried the movie would flop. Until a group of frat brothers changed his mind, that is.

“So here I am in this Christmas movie, like ‘Oh my God, am I just going to be killed on this?’” Ferrell told The Off Camera Show. “Are people going to just go, ‘Wait, what is this premise? What’s going on here?’ I had no idea,” Ferrell confessed. “The first time we tested the movie, we did two screenings. We did one that was more of a family-focused audience and it worked great with them.”

“Then, my manager Jimmy called me and said, ‘Hey, so we just had the first one and it went really well, but I’m looking at the lineup for the second screening and it’s like a bunch of frat boys from USC, and we might get eviscerated in this.’ But it played for that audience too. That’s when we knew. Maybe this will work as one of those rare movies that works for everyone and you throw your cynicism aside.”