Idris Elba is in final negotiations to play the master criminal Macavity in the Cats movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Elba will be joining a cast that includes Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), Taylor Swift, James Corden and Ian McKellen.
Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) will direct Working Title Films’ big screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical. Hooper is helming from a screenplay by Lee Hall (Billy Elliott). Filming is scheduled to begin in the UK in November.
Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the musical is set amongst a larger-than-life junkyard playground and is alive with our favorite feline characters, including Rum Tum Tugger, Mr. Mistoffelees, Macavity, Jennyanydots, Old Deuteronomy, Grizabella and Skimbleshanks.
The Jellicle Cats come out to play on one special night of the year – the night of the Jellicle Ball. One by one they tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the Cats to ascend to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.
Universal Pictures will open Cats in theaters on December 20, 2019.
Idris Elba is currently filming Universal’s Hobbs and Shaw with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.