Veteran rocker Alice Cooper has signed up to play King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar Live!

This version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice rock opera favourite will be broadcast live on US TV channel NBC on Easter Sunday 2018.

Robert Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment's Chairman, said in a statement (via TVLine) that "Alice Cooper, whose theatricality is the stuff of legend, is the perfect rock star to play Herod in our live production.

"Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice wrote a show-stopping musical number for Herod and we all look forward to the ‘King of Shock Rock’ taking on the King of Judea.

"As the casting for Superstar ramps up," he added, "we can feel the excitement building for this brand new concert experience of what has long been considered the original rock musical."

Another production released in 2000 saw the late British comedian Rik Mayall portray the character of Herod.