Carrie Underwood to Star in "The Sound of Music" Special in Julie Andrews' Role

Country superstar will play Maria von Trapp in NBC version of 1965 musical.

By Rebecca Macatee
|  Friday, Nov 30, 2012  |  Updated 12:57 PM PDT
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Carrie Underwood will take on the role of Maria Von Trapp in a televised remake of "The Sound of Music" set to air on NBC in 2013.

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The "Blown Away" singer will star as Maria von Trapp in a televised remake of Julie Andrews' 1965 classic, NBC announced Friday. The live telecast will be a three-hour event on a date to be announced near the holidays in 2013.

"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," Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement. "She was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist."

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NBC is partnering with "Smash's" acclaimed producing team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. The pair is also producing the upcoming 85th Annual Academy Awards, which will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane.

We can already feel it: The hills are alive with excitement!

(E! News and NBC are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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