When will ‘Cats’ the movie be released? Cast, trailer and release date revealed

11 December 2018, 12:13 | Updated: 11 December 2018, 12:16

Dame Judi Dench and James Corden to star in Cats (2019)
Dame Judi Dench and James Corden to star in Cats (2019). Picture: Getty

Cats the musical is being made into a film, starring some of biggest names from the acting and singing worlds. From the cast to release date, here’s everything you need to know about the new Andrew Lloyd Webber movie musical.

A new movie adaptation of the musical Cats is coming to the silver screen on 20 December 2019.

Jason Derulo and Rebel Wilson are the latest stars to be added to the impressive cast, with Dame Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Sir Ian McKellen, Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift and James Corden all confirmed to be playing a role in the movie.

Since its opening in the West End in 1981, Cats has been translated into more than 20 languages and performed all around the world. It is now the fourth longest-running show in Broadway history, and one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most successful musicals.

The movie will be directed by Tom Hooper, director of 2012 movie musical Les Misérables, which starred Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. The screenplay will be written by Billy Elliot’s Lee Hall.

Read more: 10 reasons why Fantine gets a pretty rough deal in Les Misérables

Who has been cast in Cats?

Jason Derulo, who recently released a pop take on Andrea Bocelli’s ‘Time to Say Goodbye’, will play Rum Tum Tugger, a rebellious cat who is never satisfied. Rebel Wilson will play Jennyanydots, the old Gumbie cat who has a penchant for dancing, cooking and teaching mice when all the other cats are sleeping.

Jennifer Hudson, who won an Oscar in 2007 for her role as Effie in Dreamgirls, will portray Grizabella, the former ‘glamour cat’ who sings ‘Memory’. Elba is playing Macavity, while McKellen is Gus the Theatre Cat.

Frankie Hayward, a principal dancer at the Royal Ballet in Covent Garden, will play a white kitten called Victoria. Her character will act as a go-between for the different breeds of cat who gather in a junkyard ruled by Old Deuteronomy, played by Judi Dench.

Hayward will also be joined by her colleagues Olivia Cowley and Steven McRae, both soloists at the Royal Ballet.

It is unclear which roles Taylor Swift and James Corden will play.

Dame Judi Dench on the red carpet, announcing her role in Cats
Dame Judi Dench to star in Cats. Picture: Getty

The upcoming movie follows a live filmed stage version of Cats, which was released in 1998 starring Elaine Paige and John Mills.

Cats was last seen on the West End in 2014, when it returned for a limited run starring Nicole Scherzinger.

The musical, written by Lloyd Webber in 1981, is based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, a book of children’s poems by T.S. Eliot.

When is the trailer coming out for Cats?

A trailer for the upcoming film is expected to be released next year.

What is the release date for Cats?

Cats is set for release on 20 December 2019.