People.com Entertainment TV Which Will Ferrell Role Is Jim Parsons Reprising for NBC? The star of The Big Bang Theory plays an elf in search of his dad for a claymation special By People Staff Published on December 9, 2014 06:40 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Did you hear the one about the theoretical physicist who became a jovial elf? Four-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons, 41, of The Big Bang Theory will lend his voice to Elf: Buddy s Musical Christmas for NBC this month. Based on the 2003 film Elf that starred Will Ferrell, the hour-long claymation special follows Buddy (Parsons) as he travels to New York City to meet the father he never knew he had. The special that features nine new songs also includes voiceover work by Mark Hamill, Ed Asner, Fred Armisen, Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Gilbert Gottfried, Kate Micucci, Rachael MacFarlane, Max Charles and Steve Higgins. Here’s an exclusive first look: Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas will air Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.