December 02, 2012 10:00 AM by Donna W. Martin
Former American Idol winner, Carrie Underwood, 29, is getting ready to add another gig to her rather impressive resume. She recently landed the role of Maria von Trapp in “The Sound of Music.”
According to Yahoo, the head of NBC Entertainment, Robert Greenblatt said, “Speaking from everyone at NBC, we couldn’t be happier to have the gifted Carrie Underwood take up the mantle of the great Maria on Trapp.”
The Sound of Music is based on a true story revolving around Maria who is a nun that later becomes the governess of Captain von Trapp, a widower with seven young children. After taking up the position of governess, Maria and the captain fall in love amid the hardships of World War II, which threatens their future.
While this is not Underwood’s first acting gig. She’s also appeared on “How I Met Your Mother” and in the movie “Soul Surfer.” However, this will be her first major leading role. NBC’s Greenblatt said, Maria von Trapp “was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist.”
While it is still uncertain who will snag the role of Captain von Trapp, it was announced Friday that the live three-hour TV broadcast of Roger and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” is set to air on NBC next year around the holiday season.
According to People, Mary Martin first played Maria in 1960. Then Julie Andrews took up the role in 1965. Andrews brought Maria to life when she delivered an iconic performance as the most loveable nanny in entertainment history.
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