Seal Joins Fox's The Passion Live Musical as Pontius Pilate

Seal is about to meet a crowd he can’t win over.

The Grammy-winning vocalist has been cast as Pontius Pilate in Fox’s live musical version of The Passion, the network announced today.

Seal joins previously announced cast members including Trisha Yearwood as Mary, Latin pop star Prince Royce as the disciple Peter, Chris Daughtry as Judas, Telenovela‘s Jencarlos Canela as Jesus Christ 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.

The Passion is slated to air Palm Sunday, March 20 at 8/7c.

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