11/30/2012 01:45 pm ET Updated Dec 02, 2012

Carrie Underwood In 'Sound Of Music' As Maria Von Trapp And More Casting News

Carrie Underwood will star in NBC's "The Sound of Music" as Maria von Trapp. Underwood will headline NBC's live broadcast of the iconic musical.

"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," Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement. "She was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist."

The three-hour event, which is being produced by "Smash's" Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, will air sometime close to the holidays in 2013.

"We're thrilled to be presenting the Broadway version of 'The Sound of Music' live," Zadan and Meron, said in a statement. "And having Carrie Underwood as the star brings it to a new generation who will fall in love with it for the first time as many millions of people already have. It's a particular joy to us as producers to see this amazing artist stretch into new territory with this classic musical."

In other casting news ...

Manu Bennett is heading to "Arrow."
The "Spartacus" actor will play Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke. [EW]

Kevin Shinick will guest star on "Monday Mornings."
The head writer, producer and voice actor of Cartoon Network's "Mad," will play Levi Hostetler, a religious man whose wife is brought into the hospital. [THR]

"Breakout Kings" veteran Serinda Swan has joined "Graceland."
Swan will play a DEA undercover agent. [THR]

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