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– by Anthony Esteves

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats may be the most recognized musical play in history. Premiering in May of 1981 in London, it ran for 21 years as London production and another 18 years as roadway production. Cats is the fourth-longest-running show in the history of Broadway and the sixth-longest-running show in London’s West End. The play itself was based upon T.S. Eliot’s book Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats. Now, after conquering the theatre and music world, Cats is now returning to the mainstream, butt his time on the big screen.

Director Tom Hooper, known for his memorable work on The King’s SpeechLes Miserables and The Danish Girl, will now be tackling the Cats project, based on a  script adaptation by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot). On Friday, Deadline reported the first names to be attached to the cast of the upcoming film. Those names included so far are singers Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) and Taylor Swift (The LoraxThe Giver), The Late Late Show‘s James Corden, and Ian McKellan (X-MenThe Lord Of The Rings). Universal and Working Title, who worked with Hooper on Les Mierables, will be the studios and production companies on Cats.

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The synopsis for Cats is as follows:

The play follows a tribe of cats called the Jellicles over the course of one night as they decide which of their group will ascend to the ‘Heaviside Layer’ and come back to a new life.

Husdon is supposedly playing the role of Grizabella, the former ‘Glamour Cat’, while McKellan is set to play the patriarch character Old Deuteronomy. There is no release date yet set for Cats, but the film is set to begin production in the UK this Fall.

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Source: Deadline.