Singer Seal has become cast as Pontius Pilate from the upcoming live U.S. broadcast of Biblical musical The Passion.
The Kiss From A Rose star is likely to make his second appearance just as one actor when he joins Telenovela’s Jencarlos Canela as Jesus Christ, inside modern-day output of The Messiah’s final days.
The modern handle the story would include the Last Supper, Christ’s trial and conviction, his Crucifixion and resurrection.
Seal’s Pilate may be the Judaean politician who sentenced Jesus to death.
The cast on the ambitious religious project, that will air on America’s Fox network on Palm Sunday (20Mar16), includes rocker Chris Daughtry as Judas, country singer Trisha Yearwood as Christ’s mother Mary, and Latin star Prince Royce as disciple Peter.
Actor/filmmaker Tyler Perry will host and narrate the broadcast.
The project, penned by High School Musical screenwriter Peter Barsocchini, is going to be staged throughout New Orleans, Louisiana, stopping at some in the city’s most iconic venues before culminating inside a procession in the Superdome stadium to the level at Woldenburg Park around the banks on the Mississippi River, with cast members and city locals carrying a massive illuminated cross.
The Passion project came from The Netherlands next year, plus the U.S. version will feature cast members doing a variety of popular songs arranged by executive producer and former Glee music producer Adam Anders.
Narrator Perry, who’s going to be a New Orleans native, recently said, “My hope and prayer is that it leaves people who have a sense of hope-faith-forgiveness.”
Anders adds, “It’s not just a traditional musical; it is a musical event. There’s no category it is possible to put it in.”