Carrie Underwood has some big shoes to fill, but hopefully she will ease into them nicely when she takes on the role of Maria Von Trapp in the latest adaptation of The Sound Of Music.

The TV adaptation, which will be filmed next year to air around the 2013 festive period, is the latest take on the Rogers and Hammerstein classic, whose most famous incarnation came in 1965 when Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer starred in the multi-Oscar winning 1965 film version. The show has constantly been on the stage since it was first debuted in 1959, becoming an instant classic.

Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, referred to the appointment of Underwood in a statement to the press, saying: "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."

The show will be filmed live and is being produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the men behind the hit NBC show Smash, as well as hit movie adaptations of Chicago and Hairspray. As of yet, no other names have be given in regards to who will star alongside Underwood. As long as all the classic songs are on there, we doubt the rest of the casting will matter too much.