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. Lloyd Webber is reportedly writing a new song for the character Victoria, a white kitten, which will surely be eligible for an Academy Award, so if Taylor Swift is looking to nab an Oscar, expect her to land that role. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden and Ian McKellen have all signed on to the musical adaptation. Hudson, who made her Broadway debut in the recent revival of The Color Purple, will take on the role of Grizabella, but the roles that Swift, Corden, and McKellen have been tapped for have not yet been announced.
Other parts up for grabs include Old Deuteronomy, Macavity, Skimbleshanks and the Rum Tum Tugger.
The King's Speech helmer Tom Hooper is set to direct with the help of screenwriter Lee Hall. The four actors previously produced Hooper's "Les Mis" in 2012. Hooper has been prepping the project for two years and it is set to shoot in the United Kingdom this fall. Somewhere out there, the Ocean's 8 star is memorizing the words to "Memory" (jk she already knows every line). It's one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history.
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.