EXCLUSIVE: On the Set of Fox's 'The Passion' as the Stars -- Including Chris Daughtry! -- Prep for the Live Sh
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ET got a look into TV's next live musical event that is literally taking over New Orleans!
Set in The Big Easy, The Passion will be a modern-day retelling of Jesus Christ's final days. The story, narrated by Tyler Perry, will cover Christ's Last Supper, Judas Iscariot's betrayal and his trial overseen by Pontius Pilate.
The cast includes Trisha Yearwood (Virgin Mary), Seal (Pontius Pilate), Jencarlos Canela (Jesus), Chris Daughtry (Judas) and Prince Royce (the apostle Peter), all of whom will wear modern clothes for the production. (Christ will even be seen in an orange prison jumpsuit after his arrest.)
Executive producer Mark Bracco praised the cast for their talent and for holding on to their beliefs.
"What's great about every single member of our cast is they do embrace their faith," Bracco told ET.
Perry had a message for religious skeptics, who might be concerned about the handling of Christ's story.
"We're staying very close to the Bible and not veering off in any weird areas," Perry promised ET. "We're just staying right with what the Word says, and how can you go wrong when you stay with the Word?"
Fox will air the two-hour live event on Palm Sunday, March 20, at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT.