Andrew Lloyd Webber is to use reality TV to find the lead for his forthcoming production of The Sound of Music.
Julie Andrews played the singing governess in the 1965 film
The theatre impresario has teamed up with the BBC to make a Popstars-style talent show to find an unknown for the role Julie Andrews played in the film.
The move follows reports that Scarlett Johansson turned down the part in the stage revival, planned for late 2006.
The BBC has confirmed it is in "early development talks" about the programme with the Phantom of the Opera composer.
David Ian, who is co-producing the musical with Lord Lloyd-Webber, said he hoped the show - which has the working title How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? - would "break new ground".
"We think this could be an interesting way of casting someone who is not known yet but who has enormous talent," he told the Sunday Times.
The show will feature a series of auditions, with the winner offered the role of the singing governess for the entire first run.
Cast members from the 1965 film reunited in New York earlier this month to celebrate the release of a 40th Anniversary special edition DVD.