Jencarlos Canela

The lead role of Jesus Christ will be played by “Telenovela” star and Latin recording artist, Jencarlos Canela, in The Passion.

About Jencarlos Canela

Role: Jesus Christ

Born and raised in Miami, Jencarlos Canela has starred in multiple TV productions, collaborated with some of the most prestigious musical talents of his time and performed over 200 concerts worldwide.

Canela debuted as a theater actor and singer in the 2008 stage musical “Miami Libre” at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

His first TV role was in the soap opera “Pecados Ajenos” and soon after, he joined the panel of judges for the popular reality show “Nuestra Belleza Latina.” Canela currently stars in the new comedy series “Telenovela.”

On the music front, Canela has collaborated with the likes of Grammy Award-winning songwriter Emilio Estefan, Latin Grammy Award-winning producer Rudy Perez and performing artist Pitbull, among others. His 2009 debut album, “Buscame,” entered the Latin album charts at No. 1 and was certified Gold within weeks of its release. In 2013, Canela was signed as an exclusive artist by Universal Music Records and he released his third and most recent album, “JEN,” in 2014. He is currently in the studio working on his English album debut for Republic Records.

About his character, Jesus Christ

Jesus started out his career as a carpenter, but went on to become a teacher (or “rabbi”) around the age of 30. He attracted large crowds, travelling from place to place with a hand-picked group of 12 friends called “the disciples.”

Jesus taught about what he called the “Kingdom of God,” using stories to explain how things would be different in this “kingdom.” The last would be first, and the first would be last. Humility would be rewarded. His message of compassion and reports of miracles made the religious leaders around him furious.

As the story goes, he was killed by the same people he was trying to help, but three days later his tomb was empty and something amazing had happened. According to the Bible, Jesus conquered death to give everyone a chance at life.

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