Casting News: Rebel Wilson Joins Idris Elba and Ian McKellen in 'Cats' Movie
The all-star cast of the Cats movie just got even more stacked with the addition of Rebel Wilson.
The Australian actress known for her role in the Pitch Perfect movies will play Jennyanydots, an old Gumbie cat with a reputation for being lazy, Deadline reports.
The big screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's enduringly popular stage musical has already cast Idris Elba as badass cat Macavity, Sir Ian McKellen as Gus the Theatre Cat and Dame Judi Dench as matriarchal moggy Old Deuteronomy.
Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson will play Grizabella, the feline who sings the famous song "Memory," while James Corden and Taylor Swift have been cast in unknown roles. Rising star Mette Towley and a pair of dancers from the U.K.'s prestigious Royal Ballet, Steven McRae and Francesca Hayward, will appear too.
Directed by Tom Hooper (The King's Speech, Les Misérables) from a script he has co-written with Billy Elliot's Lee Hall, the Cats movie is set for release on December 20, 2019. Shooting started at the end of last week and is expected to last until early February.
Cats first opened in London's West End in 1981 and then on Broadway in 1982, and went on to become the sixth-longest-running show in West End history and fourth-longest-running show in Broadway history. It was revived in the West End in 2014 and then on Broadway in 2016.
Are you feline excited about the swelling cast of the Cats movie?