Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson and Others To Star In Cats


If you ever caught yourself wondering what happened to the big-screen version of Andrew Lloyd Webster's hit musical Cats that was teased back in 2016, well, I can confirm for you today that the project is alive and well. The screenplay by Lee Hall ("Billy Elliot") is based on Lloyd Webber's musical, which was itself adapted from a book of children's poems by T.S. Eliot.

Tom Hooper - who directed 2012's Les Miserables film adaptation - is set to helm the adaptation, which will start filming in the United Kingdom later this year. The movie version is a production of Working Title Films, which did not return requests for comment on the reports.

Jennifer - who won an Oscar in 2007 for her breakout role in "Dreamgirls" - is set to take on the prominent role of Grizabella, also known as "The Glamour Cat", and will be lending her powerhouse vocals of the musical's standard Memory. Deadline confirmed that Swift, along with Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, and Ian McKellen, reportedly signed on. There's no word on when exactly this one will dance and sing its way into cinemas, but with this cast and Hooper behind the camera it could be looking at an Oscar-friendly late 2019 / early 2020 launch.

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Hooper, who directed Les Miserables and The King's Speech will begin shooting in November.

First performed in 1981, Cats follows a tribe of felines called the Jellicles on the night when they decide which of their number will go to the Heaviside Layer and return to a new life.

But for "Cats", Swift will have to be her own kitty.