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Carrie Underwood To Take On Julie Andrews’ Iconic Role In NBC’s The Sound of Music Adaptation


I’m having a hard time picturing country music superstar Carrie Underwood as a nun. 

This was actually the first I heard of NBC’s attempt at recreating the 1960 Rodger’s & Hammerstein musical so I guess I’m more thrown by that than anything else. It’s being put together by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the executive producers of Smash, and is set to premiere Christmas 2013. And oh yeah, it’s going to be three hours long and air live.

“Speaking for everyone at NBC, we couldn’t be happier to have the gifted Carrie Underwood take up the mantle of the great Maria von Trapp. She was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist,” said NBC entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt.

There’s no doubt Underwood is a huge win for the project. She won American Idol in 2005 and has since gone on to have one of the biggest careers of any of its past winners selling over 25 million singles and 15 million albums.

“We’re thrilled to be presenting the Broadway version of ‘The Sound of Music’ live,” said Zadan and Meron, “and having Carrie Underwood as the star brings it to a new generation who will fall in love with it for the first time as many millions of people already have. It’s a particular joy to us as producers to see this amazing artist stretch into new territory with this classic musical.”

But…I don’t know, Julie Andrews is a TOUGH act to follow. Underwood certainly has the singing talent, that can’t be denied, but does she have that Maria charm? She only has one acting role under her belt, a guest appearance on How I Met Your Mother. Do you think she’s the right one for Maria?

(via The Wrap)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=22103850 Hallie Anne Fischer

    I’m no sure how I feel about her being cast as Maria. I don’t think she’s a bad actress though. She was in Soul Surfer http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1596346/ and I think she did a very good job with the part she had in that film (she played a Christian youth minister that was close with the main character).

  • http://www.facebook.com/TheMadKatter13 Kat Covington

    I read that at first as Carrie Fisher from which I was both confused and excited.

  • http://adventuresingeekdom.tumblr.com/ Emma

    Correction: Carrie also had a role in the 2011 movie Soul Surfer. I didn’t see it so I’m not sure how good her performance was, but she does have another acting cred besides HIMYM.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    The typical reaction to this sort of thing is to respond, “There need not be a remake!” and I’m tempted, especially after Total Recall.

  • http://twitter.com/CaptnTightPants Kaleigh

    Huh?

  • girliefrank

    Ugh. There’s no denying she is a talented musician, but she was AWFUL in Soul Surfer. So stiff and forced. She seems so charming in interviews. I hope she can pull it off – she is following in the steps of a legend!

  • http://twitter.com/WickedNightinga Mrs. Spiderman

    “She [Maria Von Trapp] was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist”… Perhaps it’s just from the way the quote was truncated, but it feels like it’s implying that the role has never been played by an icon…

  • Cindy Lewis

    I hope she can pull
    it off – she is following in the steps of a legend!

  • Anonymous

    how do you solve a problem like carrie underwood?

  • http://www.facebook.com/liz.watson.1257 Liz Watson

    Im right with you there. Julie andrews is about as iconic as you can get!

  • Stephanie Eversole Vandenburg

    The image of Carrie Fisher in this part made me laugh till I had tears in my eyes. Thank you. :D