Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, and Jennifer Hudson To Star in Film Adaptation Of Broadway Musical, “Cats”

by Brianna Williams

November 22, 2018

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Jason Derulo is taking on a role like you’ve never seen him before. The singer-songwriter will make his feature acting debut in the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s popular Broadway play, Cats. He’s been cast to play the rebellious and indecisive character of Rum Tum Tugger.

Derulo will be joining an A1 cast with Idris Elba, who plays a villain named Macavity; Jennifer Hudson as Grizabella, a glamorous diva feline, Taylor Swift, James Corden, and so many other amazing talents.

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The extremely busy English actor also has two other upcoming movies that he’s starring in, Hobbs & Shaw, which is set to hit theaters in July 2019, and Fast & Furious 9, that will debut in April 2020. He also appeared in the off-Broadway play, “Troilus and Cressida” in 2001.

The Voice coach Jennifer Hudson has starred in “The Color Purple” (2015) on Broadway, the live televised production of “Hairspray Live!” (2016), and we can’t forget her standout role as Effie White in the movie adaptation of Dream Girls (2006). She’s also set to play The Queen of Soul in a forthcoming biopic.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – NOVEMBER 11: Jennifer Hudson performs at the ACLU’s Annual Bill of Rights Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on November 11, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The musical tells the story of the Jellicles, a tribe of cats that make a pact called “the Jellicle choice,” that decides which of them will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life.

Tom Hooper, who directed the latest Les Miserables film, will also direct this film. Steven Spielberg and Angela Morrison will serve as executive producers.

Production on the film is set to start next month in the U.K. and is slated to premiere in December 2019.

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