Jennifer Hudson, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba And More To Star In New Adaption Of The Musical “Cats”

Jennifer Hudson, Jason Derulo and Taylor Swift are coming together for an adaption of “Cats” the musical. 

The production will be Working Title and Universal’s big-screen adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, set to star James Corden, Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Ian McKellen, Rebel Wilson and more. 

Like the musical, the story will follow the lives of a group of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as “the Jellicle choice,” where they decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life. Tom Hooper will act as director. 

Hooper and Lee Hall (Billy Elliott, War Horse) have adapted the story, which was initially based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot, according to Derulo will play a feline named Rum Tum Tugger, who is never playa by the rules and never satisfied. Hudson will play Grizabella, Elba is Macavity and McKellan is Gus the Theatre Cat.

Production will begin in December.

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