It was today confirmed that the iconic composer will search for a new talent to play Jesus in an upcoming arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Speaking on This Morning, Lloyd Webber explained that he had decided to work with ITV on the project when approached by the broadcaster's director of TV Peter Fincham, with whom he previously worked on his BBC competitions.
"[He] said, 'Do you fancy doing something?' and I said, 'Well look, if we do something completely different...' And this time what's exciting me are the words 'casting a rock arena tour'."
He continued: "To find a rock star... we've got two great rock roles - it wouldn't surprise me if we cast a Judas as well. But we are looking for the role of Jesus on the show."
Discussing what type of person he wants to find to play the lead role, the 63-year-old said: "He has to be of enormous charisma, but he also has to be a genuine, genuine rock tenor. That's what it is. Really think Freddie Mercury, I mean that's the kind of range we're talking about.
"Whoever plays this role will be opening at the O2, and there are going to be big stars alongside. It's not just going to be any old casting... I already have an idea who is going to play Mary Magdalene and that is huge."
Admitting that he wants the TV series to reflect the "grittier" going-ons in the Middle East, Lloyd Webber told hosts Phillip Schofield and Ruth Langsford that he wants it to be about "real rock".
"For example, I want a rock band in the studio if I can find one. I want everything to be live," he said. "It's got to be live and that's why who we have as Jesus has got to be really, really, really great."
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