by: Sammy Mink
Jim Parsons is set to star as Buddy in the NBC animated holiday special ELF: BUDDY’S MUSICAL CHRISTMAS. The holiday special will be narrated by Santa who tells the story of Buddy’s journey to New York City to meet the father he never knew existed. Joining Parsons in the cast are Mark Hamill, Fred Armisen, Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Gilbert Gottfried, Kate Micucci, Rachael MacFarlane, Max Charles, and Steve Higgins, as well as Ed Asner who played Santa in the original film.
Parsons’ past credits are pretty varied, including roles in the dramedy Garden State, comedy The Big Year, and the musical version of The Muppets. Of course, he’s best known for playing the nerdy lead Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory and recently starred as Tommy Boatwright in the HBO TV movie The Normal Heart. Parsons will lend his vocal talents to the animated comedy Home, along with Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, and Steve Martin.