It sounds like John Legend has managed to get the role of a lifetime! What an honor! We have learned that the star is set to play Jesus Christ in NBC’s well-acclaimed Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert special.
The show will be airing on Easter Sunday.
Legend released an official statement, saying: ‘I am thrilled to join the cast of the production of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. It is such a powerful, meaningful musical and I am humbled to be part of this performance. We have already formed a great team, and, as we finish casting, I am certain we’ll put together some of the greatest talents around to do this work justice.’
The musical is about the last weeks of Jesus’ life and will be produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The musical first appeared on Broadway back in 1971 and was nominated for no less than five Tony Awards.
The movie adaptation was also nominated for an Oscar.
Chairman of NBC Entertainment, Robert Greenblatt stated that: ‘We are overjoyed to have world-class musical artist and producer John Legend starring as Jesus. This score demands an artist with an amazing range and actor with great depth, and there is not anyone better to bring the story to a new audience. His casting’s also groundbreaking as the traditional image of Christ will be seen in a new way.’
As fans definitely are aware, this is not the first time John Legend has been part of an acting project.
Not only did he star in La La Land last year but he also had roles in Soul Men, Curb our Enthusiasm and Underground.
What do you think about John Legend playing Jesus in the well-acclaimed musical?