Cats is headed for the big screen and has cast Idris Elba (Luther).
Cats is one of the most easily recognised and one of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history — based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” — world premiered at the New London Theatre in 1981, where it played for 21 record-breaking years. The ground-breaking production was the winner of the Olivier and Evening Standard Theatre awards for best musical. In 1983, the Broadway production won seven Tonys, including best musical, and ran for 18 years.
Elba joins previously announced cast Ian McKellen, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden and Taylor Swift with Tom Hooper set to direct. Steven Spielberg, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Angela Morrison will executive produce the film.
Cats is set for release on December 20, 2018.