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In the FOXlight: The Cast of 'The Passion' Says You've Never Seen a Religious Epic Quite Like This

Chris Daughtry, Jencarlos Canela and Prince Royce tell Michael Tammero why "The Passion" is like nothing we've ever seen before.


It's one of the most famous stories ever told, but we guarantee you've never heard it like this.

FOX's two-hour live production of "The Passion" doesn't air until March 20th, but it's already shaping up to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience — and a highly inspirational one, too.

"It's extremely modern; there's no beards or robes or long hair or flip-flops or crocs," explains former "American Idol" winner Chris Daughtry, who portrays Judas. "You're seeing the characters in a different light."

And the costumes aren't the only things FOX has changed: According to Jencarlos Canela, who stars as Jesus, it's the music that sets this particular telling apart.

"This time around … we're doing the story and we were singing songs like "Love Can Move Mountains" from Celine Dion, "Home" from Phillip Phillips [and] "Demons" from Imagine Dragons," says Canela. "That's what stands out to me."

Daughtry also says he's confident this production of "The Passion" will enthrall an entirely new audience. "I think people — no matter what their background, or what their religious beliefs are — they're going to get a lot of feels," he says.

"It's mind-blowing," adds Canela. "There are some powerful, powerful moments and scenes, [and] I don't think we've ever seen Jesus in this way, or as human [as] in this portrayal."

Watch the clip above for more from Daughtry, Canela and Prince Royce, and be sure to tune in for "The Passion," airing this coming Sunday at 8/7c on FOX.