Elf cast reunite for special event with Ferrell, Deschanel and guests

Photo credit: New Line Cinema
Photo credit: New Line Cinema

From Digital Spy

Elf is one of the most popular festive films to come out since 2000, and while there doesn't look like there's ever going to be a sequel, the cast has reunited for a virtual livestreamed reading of the script.

Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel were joined by co-stars including Up's Ed Asner, Tenacious D's Kyle Gass, Happiest Season's Mary Steenburgen and more, alongside actors like Shrek's John Lithgow and The Hangover's Ed Helms and Ken Jeong, Black-ish's Wanda Sykes and Glee's Jenna Ushkowitz.

Some of these stars filled in for the actors who couldn't make it, while others were just along for the ride.

Photo credit: New Line Cinema
Photo credit: New Line Cinema

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Okay, that's last bit's not entirely true. The reunion didn't just happen to give people a bit of nostalgia and Christmas cheer, but also to raise money for the Democratic Party of Georgia, which is trying to get its candidates into the US Senate in a runoff election on January 5.

During the livestream, Ed Helms noted that the political connection may have been the reason why they weren't able to secure the rights to 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town', which was used in the film. Instead, they sang 'Jingle Bells'.

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The stream hit its $400,000 target by the end, while Georgia Democrats held another live event afterwards featuring the cast of Hamilton.

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