Exciting news for fans of the musical Cats: Variety is reporting that a movie musical version of the hit Andrew LLoyd Weber show is in the works, and the cast contains some serious heavyweights.
Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden Cast in Movie Version of ‘Cats’ https://t.co/BzheuxaDPg
— Variety (@Variety) July 20, 2018
Here’s what we know so far.
Jennifer Hudson, the booming voice from Dreamgirls, will star as Grizabella, the aged “glamor cat” whose song “Memory” is one of the most famous numbers in musical theater history. Grizabella is one of the main characters who reminisces about her youth.
Taylor Swift, Late Late Show host James Corden, and Sir Ian McKellen are also reportedly set to star in the movie, though their roles have not yet been released.
The movie is set to begin filming in November, according to the Daily Mail, where the story first broke on Friday.
“Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden and Ian McKellen have been cast in Working Title’s upcoming movie version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash musical ‘Cats.’ Which is set to begin shooting in November.” – According to @Variety
— Taylor Swift News (@TSwiftNZ) July 20, 2018
“It will be directed by Tom Hooper — who made the picture of Les Miserables and won an Academy Award for The King’s Speech,” the Daily Mail wrote.
Cats ran on Broadway from 1987 to 2006, making it one of the longest-running musicals of all time. Weber based the show off of T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats. Cats first hit stages in the West End of London in 1981.
The Daily Mail added that Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall adapted the screenplay from Eliot’s Jellicle Cats, also one of the musical’s title numbers, in which feline friends led by the shaggy Old Deuteronomy hang out in a junkyard.
Twitter was understandably excited, especially since Swift is so public with her love of her Scottish Fold cat, Olivia Benson.
CATS ??? It's totally taylor swift pic.twitter.com/XoZzFXLksD
— baby C (@hiddlesswifty) July 20, 2018
Taylor Swift starring in Cats is the most Taylor Swift thing she could have done.
— ALEX | NYD stan✨ (@AlexSwifter13) July 20, 2018
Honestly the only movie @taylorswift13 would do if you think about it ???????
— Carla (@Carly1096) July 20, 2018
4 Years Ago Today, Taylor Swift welcomed her second cat "Olivia Benson" ? pic.twitter.com/qrIdvqSYSy
— SWIFTIES™ (@SwiftiesIndia) June 20, 2018
Fun fact: my cat, Cosmo, is Olivia Benson’s brother.