Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden and Ian McKellen have been cast in the upcoming movie version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash musical Cats.
The film will be directed by the Oscar-winning director of The King’s Speech, Tom Hooper. It is set to begin shooting in Britain in November.
The screenplay is based on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, which was adapted from a book of children’s poems by T.S. Eliot.
Hudson, who won an Oscar in 2007 for her break out role in Dreamgirls, will play Grizabella, the former “glamour cat” who falls on hard times and gets to sing about it in Showstopper Memory. Swift, Corden and McKellen’s roles are unclear.
Besides Grizabella, other characters include Old Deuteronomy Macavity, Skimbleshanks and the Rum Tum Tugger.
Cats is one of the most successful musicals in history, enjoying long runs in London’s West End and on Broadway. A possible movie version has long been talked about.
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– Written by Rekha Kulen