Chris Daughtry Cast as The Passion's Judas, Telenovela Star to Play Jesus

Chris Daughtry is picking up a few more silver pieces from Fox.

The American Idol grad and “Waiting for Superman” singer has been cast as Judas in the network’s live musical version of The Passion, the network announced today.

Additionally, Telenovela‘s Jencarlos Canela, who is also a singer/songwriter, has landed the role of Jesus Christ.

Daughtry and Canela join previously announced cast members including Trisha Yearwood as Mary, Latin pop star Prince Royce as the disciple Peter, and Tyler Perry as the host and narrator.

The Passion, written by Peter Barsocchini (High School Musical), tells the story of the final hours of Jesus’ life through a variety of popular music, and will unfold at some of New Orleans’ most iconic locations. It will include a procession of hundreds of people carrying a 20-foot, illuminated cross from outside the Superdome to the live stage at Woldenburg Park on the banks of the Mississippi River.

The Passion will feature contemporary wardrobe and will make no attempt to camouflage its setting. For example, Jesus’ procession with the cross could very well be interrupted by a firetruck racing to an emergency, producers noted at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. Furthermore, when Jesus is arrested, it is by cops in police cars; afterward, he will don an orange prison jumpsuit.

Does Daughtry’s casting make you more likely to tune in? Can you see Canela as Jesus? Sound off below!

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  1. Sherri Cerny says:

    There is NO DOUBT the casting of Chris Daughtry will make me tune in! That amazing voice and his acting presence is the BEST casting decision!

  2. Nick Murphy says:

    Michael — This sounds like a TRAINWRECK!

  3. Et al. says:

    Who says NBC can’t do funny anymore? This is shaping up to be the comedy event of the year.

  4. Rob says:

    LOL! Don’t think I’ll be tuning in to that one!

  5. Sooo a ripoff of Jesus Christ Superstar then?

  6. KC says:

    This is a joke – right??

  7. Ben says:

    I love the idea of Chris Daughtry as Judas. This article has taken me from ‘another retelling of the Easter story’ to ‘curious, maybe I’ll tune in.’

  8. HAP says:

    They lost me at Tyler Perry.

  9. JEF says:

    Hope the rumored Judas song is correct. Chris will shine with that song!

  10. Should have been a remake of Jesus Christ Superstar.

  11. Paul Crotts says:

    I love Chris daughtry he is today’s rock legend and this was a wonderful watching experience I will never forget thank you fox

  12. Dave B. says:

    I really enjoyed the whole show. A great modern version of Jesus in the “now, 2016” and enjoyed all the singers and audience. Keep up the good work.