In an interesting bit of casting news, Grammy-winning country music superstar Carrie Underwood has nabbed her first major acting gig as Maria von Trapp in NBC's live broadcast of The Sound of Music.
Deadline reports that the three-hour event will air near the holidays next year.
"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," NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said. "She was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist."
The story tells the true story of Maria von Trapp, a woman who leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower. The Sound of Music premiered on Broadway in 1959 where it won the Tony Award for best musical and smashing box office records. The 1965 version of the film won the best picture Oscar.
After winning the fourth season of American Idol, Underwood shot to fame selling more than 15 million albums worldwide, notching 16 #1 singles and five Grammy Awards.
No word on any other casting for this live telecast, but do you think Underwood in the lead role is inspired casting or a big mistake?