The all-star pop-music ensemble behind The Passion includes (from left) Chris Daughtry, Jencarlos Canela, Glee’s Adam Anders and Prince Royce, who were photographed on Feb. 29 at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles.
"I'm not playing the normal Prince Royce who takes his shirt off and gets the girls screaming. This is a much more serious role. My mom is flying out. I grew up going to church every Sunday, and she's always worried about the entertainment industry and, oh my God, drugs! I think this makes her feel better."
Chris Daughtry as Judas
"When I first was approached, I wasn't interested," says Daughtry, 36. Was it the role? "No. I don't know if Anders thought I look like an asshole who would betray his best friend, but it's exciting to play a bad guy -- that was a selling point."
Jencarlos Canela as Jesus
"Jesus knew what it was to work his butt off," says Canela. "He felt anger; he felt the deepest fear anyone could feel. I want to portray him as more human than we've ever seen."
Executive Producer/Music Arranger Adam Anders
Anders insists their interpretation will be reverent: "I'm a pastor's kid, and I have a cheese alarm that goes off easily. I knew I couldn't have the disciples breakdancing."