Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber "can't be dogmatic" about the way his Jesus Christ looks.
The musical creator is on the search for a new Jesus to play the titular role in a touring version of 'Jesus Christ Superstar', and he admits while he will be strict on how they sing, he is not worried about their image.
He told The Sun newspaper: "We have a black boy and an Arab boy. It's right across the board because they were genuinely the best candidates. I ask if there's one that fits our familiar image - white, beard, long hair, beautiful. Maybe we've got one that looks vaguely that way.
"Unlike, say, Maria in 'The Sound of Music', I can't be dogmatic about who should be playing the role. I can be strict about the way they sing but not the way they look."
Andrew is heading up a panel including Dawn French and Jason Donovan to find the new Jesus in TV show 'Superstar', and Dawn recently revealed she was keen to discover a muscular hunk for the role.
Asked what her ideal candidate should have, she said: "A splendid voice and a 26-pack - if there is such a thing! If there was, Jesus would have it.
"I will be looking out for someone who can blow your socks off each night. Plenty of people are very good on stage but few are remarkable.
"I am hoping we will find someone like that."