Legend respects legend! NBC announced today that Grammy- and Oscar-winning artist John Legend has been cast as the titular son of God in the network's upcoming Jesus Christ Superstar Live!
"I'm thrilled to join the cast of this production of Jesus Christ Superstar Live!," Legend said in a statement."It's such a powerful, meaningful musical and I'm humbled to be part of this performance."
Adds NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt, "This score demands a singer with an amazing range, not to mention an actor with enormous depth, and there isn't anyone more exciting [than Legend] to bring this work to a new audience. His casting is also groundbreaking as the traditional image of Christ will be seen in a whole new way."
Earlier this month, NBC revealed the production's first cast member was rock god Alice Cooper in the role of King Herod.
Jesus Christ Superstar Live! will air on April 1, 2018--a.k.a. Easter Sunday.