Variety is reporting that Idris Elba is in final negotiations to join Working Title and Universal’s film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats.
The musical follows a tribe of cats called the Jellicles over the course of one night as they decide which of their group will ascend to the ‘Heaviside Layer’ and come back to a new life. The musical is the fourth-longest-running show in Broadway history and the sixth-longest-running in London’s West End.
Though the Variety report doesn’t state what role Elba could be playing, the Deadline report states that Elba is being lined up to play famed feline Macavity. If Elba signs up for the role, he’ll be joining a cast that includes Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden, Ian McKellen, Laurie Davidson and Mette Towley.
Tom Hooper (Les Misérables and The Danish Girl) will be directing the film and has been prepping the project for two years, with the aim now to commence shooting this Autumn in the UK. The film is adapted by Lee Hall.