Musical 'Cats' to Star Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift and Ian McKellen; Here's Everything We Know

Musical 'Cats' to Star Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift and Ian McKellen; Here's Everything We Know

Jul 20, 2018

Broadway fans who also love movies are having a great week. Not only has Lin-Manuel Miranda set his directorial debut with an adaptation of Jonathan Larson's autobiographical show Tick, Tick...Boom!, but now comes word of a Cats movie. Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-running musical was announced for the big screen back in 2016, but now is gearing up with a cast list.

According to The Daily Mail, the movie version of the show will star Oscar nominees Jennifer Hudson and Ian McKellen plus pop star Taylor Swift and actor turned talk show host James Corden. Previously, Anne Hathaway and Rihanna were named as being involved, but both are likely off the project now. Cats has a ton of characters, though, so there's a lot of room for more to be cast.  

Here's everything we know about the Cats movie so far:

What is the plot of the show? 

Based on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, the Broadway version is about a tribe of cats and is set on the one night of the year when they choose a member of the group to ascend to the "Heavicide Level" and return anew. Throughout the show, they sing such memorable (pun not intended) songs such as the big hit "Memory."

 

Who is starring in the movie?

Singer turned Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) is playing the former "glamour cat" Grizabella (singer of "Memory"), while two-time Oscar nominee Sir Ian McKellen is playing the elder leader of the Jellicle cat tribe, Old Deuteronomy. Pop star Taylor Swift and actor turned talk show host James Corden have also been cast in unknown roles. 

Who is directing Cats

Tom Hooper, who won an Oscar for directing The Kings Speech and since then made the 2012 Best Picture-nominated movie musical Les Miserables, will helm the Cats adaptation. 

Who wrote the adaptation? 

Hooper will be working off a script by another Oscar nominee, Lee Hall (Billy Elliott), who also wrote the adaptation for the Best Picture-nominated drama War Horse

When does the movie come out?

At the moment there is no release date set for Cats

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