Rebel Wilson joins Cats musical adaptation
According to Deadline, Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson has been tapped to join the ensemble cast of Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats. Wilson is set to portray the role of Jennyanydots, an old lazy Gumbie cat who is known to spend her days seeking out the warm and sunny spots as she sits and sleeps all day long. However, when the night comes, Jennyanydots becomes active and does many things including baking and teaching the mice how to knit.
Wilson has gained recognition through her breakout role in Pitch Perfect as the funny and straightforward Fat Amy. She will next be seen in upcoming romantic comedy Isn’t It Romantic starring alongside Liam Hemsworth and Priyanka Chopra. The romcom is set for release on February 2019.
Jennifer Hudson is headlining the cast of Cats as Grizabella, the former Glamour Cat, along with Idris Elba as the villainous Macavity, Ian McKellen as Gus the Theatre Cat, and Dame Judi Dench as Old Deuteronomy. It also includes Taylor Swift, James Corden, Laurie Davidson, Mette Towley and Royal Ballet dancers Steven McRae as Skimbleshanks and Francesca Hayward as Victoria.
Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables) is set to direct the film from a script by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot). Executive producers include three-time Oscar winner Steven Spielberg, Lloyd Webber, and Angela Morrison.
First performed in 1981, Cats is the fourth longest-running show in Broadway as well as West End history, with a direct-to-video version of the production released in 1998. Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the show 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.
Working Title Films, who previously worked with Hooper on the hit 2012 film adaptation of Les Miserables, will produce the Cats movie in association with Monumental Pictures and The Really Use Group alongside Lloyd Webber and Deba Hayward.
The film is scheduled to hit the theaters on December 20, 2019. Production on the feature adaptation will reportedly begin at the end of this year in the UK.
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