Chris Daughtry will play 'Judas' in 'The Passion'

- Chris Daughtry has plenty of experience performing on LIVE television after his run on 'American Idol' a decade ago.

The actor and singer will need to draw on that experience for his latest role.

Daughtry will  play Judas Escariot, the disciple of Jesus who betrayed him with a kiss, in the FOX presentation of 'The Passion' airing March 20.

"It's a heavy role," said Daughtry. If I had gone out for this, I don't think there would have been another role I'd like to be. I wouldn't buy me as Jesus."

'The Passion' will tell the story of Jesus' crucifixion in a modern setting.

While he's enthusiastic about the challenge ahead, Daughtry acknowledges that he initially had some reservations about the show.

"The way they are approaching this, no matter what your background, you're going to feel something," said Daughtry. "That's the bigger picture: faith, hope and love."

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