Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden and Ian McKellen will star in a new film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved musical ‘Cats’. Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper will helm the project which is expected to start shooting in England in November. Lee Hall will adapt the screenplay for the musical, which Lloyd Webber based on T.S. Eliot’s children’s poems.
The film will follow the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as “the Jellicle choice” and decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life.
Hudson, who won an Oscar in 2007 for her role in Dreamgirls, will take on the role of Grizabella, a former “glamour cat” ostracised by the Jellicles, while McKellan will play Old Deuteronomy, the elderly Jellicle Leader. Swift will portray Bombalurina, a flirtatious red cat.
The stage version of the musical is the fourth-longest-running show in Broadway history and the sixth-longest-running in London’s West End.