The upcoming film adaptation of the classic Broadway musical, Cats, will be Executive Produced by Steven Spielberg. The film releases December 20th, 2019. The adaptation will be directed by Tom Hooper. The musical stars Ian Mckellen, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden and Taylor Swift. Idris Elba has recently been added to the cast.
More about Cats from Variety:
The Universal Pictures epic, which hits theaters on Dec. 20, will be produced by Hooper and Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, as well as fellow “Les Misérables” producer Debra Hayward — who brought the idea to Working Title. “Cats” will be produced by Working Title Films in association with Monumental Pictures and The Really Useful Group, and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Lloyd Webber, and Angela Morrison.
“Cats,” one of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history — based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” — world premiered at the New London Theatre in 1981, where it played for 21 record-breaking years. The ground-breaking production was the winner of the Olivier and Evening Standard Theatre awards for best musical. In 1983, the Broadway production won seven Tonys, including best musical, and ran for 18 years.
Learn more about Cats and the recent addition of Alba to the cast here.