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Taylor Swift to star in movie adaptation of Cats, will join Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellan

Taylor Swift has reportedly signed her biggest movie role yet, a part in big screen adaptation of Cats.

hollywood Updated: Jul 21, 2018 12:50 IST
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Singer Taylor Swift performs during her reputation stadium tour at Wembley Stadium in London.(REUTERS)

Taylor Swift has been cast in a big screen version of the stage musical Cats, in what will be the pop singer’s biggest movie role so far, entertainment publications Variety and the Hollywood Reporter said on Friday.

Taylor Swift at the Billboard Music Awards. ( REUTERS )

The 28-year-old Look What You Made Me Do singer will join Oscar-winning singer and actress Jennifer Hudson, talk show host James Corden and veteran British actor Ian McKellen in the movie, the publications said.

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, based on a book of poems by T.S. Eliot, was first staged in London in 1981 and has been produced around the world. The movie version is a production of Working Title Films, which did not return requests for comment on the reports.

Swift, a 10-time Grammy winner whose Reputation album was the biggest seller of 2017 in the United States, made her film acting debut in the 2010 romantic comedy Valentine’s Day.

The Hollywood Reporter, citing sources close to the production, said Hudson was expected to play Grizabella, whose character sings the show’s famous Memory ballad.

Swift is being eyed as the flirtatious red cat Bombalurina, while McKellen will play the elderly feline leader Old Deuteronomy, the Hollywood Reporter said.

Britain’s Tom Hooper, whose past credits include Oscar best picture The King’s Speech and musical Les Miserables, will direct the movie, which is due to begin shooting in Britain in November, Variety said.

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First Published: Jul 21, 2018 12:50 IST