The Tyler Perry hosted and narrated The Passion, which will air on Palm Sunday has cast the characters of Jesus and Judas.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Fox’s live Biblical musical The Passion has cast its Jesus and Judas.
The role of Jesus will be played by singer-songwriter Jencarlos Canela, a theater actor who debuted in the 2008 musical “Miami Libre” and currently stars on the NBC primetime show, “Telenovela.” Judas, the man who betrays Jesus, will be portrayed by singer and actor Chris Daughtry.
Hosted and narrated by Tyler Perry, The Passion tells the 2,000-year-old story of the last hours of Jesus Christ’s life on earth through a variety of popular music, sung by the cast. Set in modern-day, the event follows the dramatic and inspirational story of Jesus of Nazareth, as he presides over the Last Supper, and then is betrayed by Judas, put on trial by Pontius Pilate, convicted, crucified and resurrected. As Mary follows her son into Jerusalem, she already has witnessed Jesus struggle with opposition from other religious leaders, but bolsters him with the boundless depth of a mother’s love. Peter, meanwhile, remains one of Jesus’ closest confidantes, but his loyalty will be sternly tested.
The event will unfold live on Palm Sunday (March 20) at some of New Orleans’ most iconic locations and feature 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.