Well, this news has blown us away! Carrie Underwood has landed the starring role in NBC’s live remake of The Sound Of Music, based on the original Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical. The country star has some big clogs to fill, taking on the lead of Maria von Trapp, a role made iconic by Julie Andrews in the the 1965 film adaptation.
The three-hour special is slated to air in 2013 near the holidays, but already some corners of the internet are decrying the casting of a twangy singer to play the Austrian nun (to which Carrie is probably saying, “So long, farewell, haters”). But the special is (probably?) in good hands: it’s being produced by the same people behind NBC’s musical series Smash and the 85th Annual Academy Awards.
[via Broadway World]