Elf casting director reveals who will play Buddy in remake

Elf remains a Christmas favorite 20 years after its release, and the film's casting director has revealed who would replace Will Ferrell in a potential remake.

Released in 2003, this festive comedy follows Buddy the Elf (Ferrell) as he travels from the North Pole to New York in search of his biological father.

While there's currently no Elf sequel or remake in the works, casting director Suzy Faris recently revealed to People magazine that she would "love" to be a part of an Elf remake if one were to happen. revealed who she would like to play Buddy.

"It occurred to me, I just want to say Bill Hader," Faris shared. "I just think he's weird and cute, and yeah, I want to meet Bill Hader."

Will Ferrell in "Elf." Alan Markfield/New Line Prods/Kobal/Shutterstock

Ferrell turns down Elf sequel

Ferrell reportedly turned down a sequel to the holiday film, having previously said: "I just thought if I tried to put on an elf tights, it would look a little pathetic. Buddy the Elf, a middle-aged man."

In an interview with People , Faris shared her thoughts on the possibility of Ferrell reprising his role as Buddy one day.

"I read that Will felt like he gave the character everything he could," she continued. "I think if Will wants to do a sequel, there will be a sequel. Creatively, I want him to live a very fulfilling life, but I want him to be able to do that."

Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel in "Elf." Michael Ginsberg/New Line Prods/Kobal/Shutterstock

Potential Elf 2 plot

Faris teased her thoughts on a potential Elf 2 plot, saying she would "like to see Buddy become a father."

At the end of the original film, Buddy and his colleague and lover Jovie (Zooey Deschanel) fell in love, moved to the North Pole, and welcomed a baby girl named Susie together.

As for who could play teenage Susie in the hypothetical follow-up, Farris continued: "I love Elle Fanning. I also really love Mckenna Grace."

While celebrating the film's 20th anniversary with People magazine , the Elf casting director also recalled star Ferrell's "kindness" during the production.

Daniel Tai, James Caan and Will Ferrell in Elf . Alan Markfield/New Line Prods/Kobal/Shutterstock

"I had never even met him, I was introduced to him, or I said, 'Hey, I picked this movie,'" Farris recalled. "He said, 'Oh, hi Suzy.'" He knew everyone's name, and the kindness and generosity of No. 1 on the list goes a long way. "