A big screen adaptation of the hit musical Cats has been pitched for many years. Back in 2016 it was announced that Universal Pictures won the rights for the film with Academy Award winning director Tom Hopper (Les Miserables) set to direct, from a script by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot). Since then it has been pretty quiet on all the updates, but now we have some news that may intrigue you.
According to our sources Anne Hathaway is in talks to star in a currently unknown role. The studio is also looking at Rihanna for the role of Bombalurina a key character featured in the musical, but as of now its only interest, and no formal talks have taken place.
The film is expected to begin production sometime in September in London. It is not known if the film will use full CGI or with a mix of live-action as previous reported.
If Hathaway and Rihanna both sign on this would be the second time they would star in a feature together, they star in Ocean’s 8 out June 8. Hathaway saw success under director Tom Hooper, as she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Fantine in Les Miserables.
Universal has reached out to us and confirmed that both Hathaway and Rihanna were both eyed for roles but both have passed due to scheduling conflicts. Universal is actively casting and we will update you on this story in the future.
Cats is based on T.S. Eliot’s poetry collection Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. First performed in the West End in 1981, the musical tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles who must decide which one of them will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life.
Cats is one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history and was previously adapted for television in 1998. The show has been presented in over 30 countries, translated into more than 20 languages and seen by more than 73 million people worldwide.