Deadline is reporting that the Principal dancer with The Royal Ballet, Francesca Hayward, is the latest name to join the cast of 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.
Francesa Hayward is set to be making her acting debut as a new pivotal character in the film version of the musical, a white kitten named Victoria, which was not in the original production. The report from Deadline also states that Lloyd Webber has written a new song for Victoria.
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.