The cast of 'Elf' to reunite for one-off table read of the Christmas classic

Elf (Credit: New Line)
Elf (Credit: New Line)

The cast of Elf are to reunite for a one-off live-streamed table read of the bona fide modern Christmas classic.

Will Ferrell (Buddy), Zooey Deschanel (Jovie), Bob Newhart (Papa Elf), Edward Asner (Santa Claus) are all on board, alongside, Mary Steenburgen, Amy Sedaris, Andy Richter, Kyle Gass, John Lithgow, Danny Woodburn, Jon Favreau, Ed Helms, Busy Phillips, and Matt Walsh.

Strangely, the Jon Favreau involved is not the original movie's director, but the presenter of US politics podcast Pod Save America.

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Notably missing from the line-up, however, is James Caan, who played Walter Hobbs, the book publisher who is Buddy's unwitting biological father.

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A clue to why this could be the case may lie in Caan's past membership of the Hollywood Congress of Republicans, not to mention his previous support for outgoing president Donald Trump.

James Caan, Mary Steenburgen and Will Ferrell in Elf (Credit: New Line)
James Caan, Mary Steenburgen and Will Ferrell in Elf (Credit: New Line)

The table read has been set up as a fundraiser for democratic candidates in the upcoming senate elections in Georgia.

Those wishing to contribute to the political funds of candidates Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff can pay a donation of $30 to join the fun.

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Tweeting her excitement, Deschanel said: “If I were any more excited to be in the #ElfForGeorgia reunion I might explode into a burst of snowflakes. Join me, Will Ferrell, and many other amazing people from the original cast along with some special guests for our live reading! All donations go to support GA dems.”

Ed Helms, not an original cast-member, also got involved in promotion, along with the likes of Sarah Silverman and Jane Lynch.

The (other) Jon Favreau-directed movie was released in 2003, making $220 million worldwide, but has since become something of a Christmas standard.