Carrie Underwood lands role of 'The Sound Of Music' lead Maria von Trapp for NBC special

By Gina DiFalco,

Country star and former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood has scored a coveted TV role.

Underwood, 29, will play Maria von Trapp in The Sound Of Music’s live broadcast next year, which will be three hours long and air sometime around the holiday season next year.

Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement about the casting "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," People reports.

He added "She was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist.”

Underwood has dabbled in acting a bit, scoring her first feature film role in Soul Surfer and a guest spot on How I Met Your Mother.

Smash’s Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce the special, Us Magazine reports.

1965’s film adaptation of the original play Sound of Music won a Best Picture Oscar and starred Julie Andrews as Maria and Christopher Plummer as Capt. von Trapp.

image: CBS

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