Idris Elba playing Macavity in Cats movie

Idris Elba has been tapped to join Jennifer Hudson and Taylor Swift in the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famed musical, Cats.

Tom Hooper’s upcoming live-action is set to hit screens next year and has so far secured an all-star cast, also including Ian McKellen and James Corden.

Idris will play Macavity the Mystery Cat, the piece’s villain, who wreaks havoc on the Jellicles as they decide who will return to the Heaviside Layer.

It will mark Idris’ second outing as a cat after lending his voice to the role of menacing tiger Shere Khan in the 2016 film adaption of The Jungle Book.

Ian McKellen, meanwhile, will play Gus the Theatre Cat whilst Jennifer Hudson will play Grizabella the Glamour Cat with filming expected to begin shortly with a release date slated for 20 December 2019.

Though it will be his first musical, the Luther star is already an accomplished artist, working under the moniker DJ Big Driis and singing hip hop and soul alongside acting. And it appears musicals have been in his sights for some time, after revealing to People that he has a ‘love’ for the art form during an interview in September 2017.

‘I honestly love musicals. I auditioned for Beauty and the Beast. I really did, for Gaston,’ the father-of-two shared. ‘I called and said, “Listen, I want in!” So somewhere they have a tape of me singing.’

It’s shaping up to be a busy year for Idris, who is currently filming Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. Idris can next be seen in the Netflix comedy series Turn Up Charlie, which he also co-created and produced.

The actor will also return next year to his starring role in hit BBC series Luther and continues to be tapped to replace Daniel Craig as the next James Bond.

TNT Entertainment

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