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Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Taylor Swift, Ian McKellen to star in ‘Cats’ movie musical

Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson, recipient of the Nat King Cole Award, arrives at the Women’s Cancer Research Fund’s An Unforgettable Evening on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Chris Pizzello / Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson, recipient of the Nat King Cole Award, arrives at the Women’s Cancer Research Fund’s An Unforgettable Evening on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Chris Pizzello / Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
By Erin Ben-Moche Associated Press

Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Taylor Swift and Ian McKellen are among the A-listers who have signed on for a new film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved musical “Cats.”

Deadline reported Friday that Working Title (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Les Misirables” and “Mary Queen of Scots”) and Universal Pictures will produce the movie version of the fourth-longest running musical in Broadway history.

Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”) is set to direct, according to Variety, and will start shooting in England in November. Lee Hall (“Billy Elliot”) will be adapting the screenplay of the musical, which Lloyd Webber based on T.S. Eliot’s children’s poems.

The role of Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, will be played by the Oscar-winning Hudson, who will get to sing one of the most iconic songs from the show, “Memory.” It is not confirmed yet what roles Corden and Swift will play, though Deadline reported that McKellen will portray the leader cat, Old Deuteronomy.

Hudson confirmed the news Friday with a sweet message on Twitter.

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