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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