Tyler Perry’s ‘Passion’ Casts Hispanic Actor to Play Jesus

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Tyler Perry‘s new Fox live musical, Passioncasts their Jesus and Judas.

The Passion, Fox’s Biblical live musical, has found its Jesus Christ, casting singer/actor Jencarlos Canela from the Eva Longoria series Telenovela in the lead role.

In addition, Tyler Perry has cast Chris Daughtry as the disciple Judas. The two actors join Tyler Perry and cast members Prince Royce (Peter) and Trisha Yearwood (Mary).

The special will air live from New Orleans on Palm Sunday, March 20.

Written by Peter Barsocchini from The High School Musical, The Passion tells the story of the last hours of Jesus Christ’s life on earth through passages from the Bible and a variety of popular music, sung by the cast.

The special will be staged live at several New Orleans locations including 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.

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