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Carrie Underwood will play Maria in NBC’s ‘Sound of Music’ remake

If you’ve been wondering how Carrie Underwood looks in a nun’s habit, you’ll find out soon enough: The “American Idol” winner, five-time Grammy winner and country superstar has been cast as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s upcoming live broadcast of “The Sound of Music,” the network announced Friday.  

“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,” said NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt in a news release. “She was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist.”

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For you cretins out there unfamiliar with either the beloved Oscar-winning film starring Julie Andrews or the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical on which it was based, “The Sound of Music” tells the tale of Maria, a rebellious young woman in pre-World War II Austria who leaves a convent to work as a governess for the family of a stern widower. Much singing, dancing and repurposing of curtains ensues.  

While some die-hard fans of the original might be skeptical about Underwood’s involvement, Ted Chapin, president of Rodgers & Hammerstein, praised the decision to cast her as “exciting beyond words.”

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NBC is partnering up with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, producers of “Smash” and the upcoming Oscars telecast, on the project. “The Sound of Music” will air sometime during the holiday season in 2013, though an exact date has not been set. In other words, it’s not too early to get fitted for those custom-made lederhosen you’re no doubt planning to wear to next year’s viewing party -- or to start wondering who will play Captain von Trapp.

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