Seal to Play Pontius Pilate in ‘The Passion’

Seal Stars in The Passion
Seal joins ‘The Passion’ cast (Photo by Michael Becker © 2016 FOX Broadcasting Co)

Fox’s two-hour musical event The Passion has added Grammy winner Seal to the cast as Pontius Pilate. Set to air live on Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 8pm ET (taped delayed on the West Coast), Fox’s epic event will also star Jencarlos Canela as Jesus Christ, Chris Daughtry as Judas, Prince Royce as the disciple Peter, and Trisha Yearwood as Mary, the mother of Jesus. Tyler Perry is the host and announcer.

Peter Barsocchini (High School Musical) wrote the script and Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, Mark Bracco, Jacco Doornbos, Adam Anders, David Grifhorst, and Robert Deaton are executive producing. Deaton’s also The Passion‘s showrunner.

Seal’s sold over 30 million albums and recently released his ninth studio album, 7.

The Passion Plot:

The Passion tells the 2000-year-old story of the last hours of Jesus Christ’s life on earth through passages from the Bible and a variety of contemporary popular music, sung by the cast, and arranged specifically for this event by executive producer and hit music producer Adam Anders (Glee, Rock of Ages). Set in modern day, the event will follow the dramatic and inspirational story of Jesus of Nazareth, as he presides over the Last Supper, and then is betrayed by Judas, put on trial by Pontius Pilate, convicted, crucified and resurrected.

The event will unfold live at some of New Orleans’ most iconic locations, while featuring a procession of a thousand people carrying a 20-foot, illuminated cross from outside the Mercedes Benz Superdome to the live stage at Woldenberg Park on the banks of the Mississippi River.