‘Cats’: Idris Elba Boarding Universal-Working Title Movie As Macavity

Brunilde Fioravanti
Ottobre 17, 2018

Idris Elba is about to be the cat's meow (as if he wasn't already).

Some of us thought we might be able to skip Cats entirely, understanding implicitly that a film adaptation of Cats directed by Tom Hooper and starring Taylor Swift and James Corden would not be a thing we would enjoy.

EW has confirmed that the Star Trek: Beyond and Beasts of No Nation star is in final negotiations to join the cast of Cats, Universal Pictures and Working Title's adaptation of the popular Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.

This marks Elba's second feline role following his take on Shere Khan in 2016's "The Jungle Book".

"Cats", 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.

He's now busy causing trouble for Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham as a villain named Brixton, on the set of Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs And Shaw.

The Universal Pictures epic, which hits theaters on December 20, will be produced by Hooper and Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, as well as fellow "Les Misérables" producer Debra Hayward - who brought the idea to Working Title. As for Elba, he has Netflix comedy drama series Turn Up Charlie in the works and will also be back as John Loooooooofah for Luther's next run of episodes, due next year.

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