Cats is an upcoming British-American musical film whose central theme is adapted from both Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats stage musical and T.S. Elliot’s 1939 poetry collection titled ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. The release date for Cats has been scheduled for December 20, 2019, and it is also known that the Cats cast comprises several top-billed American and English actors and actresses.
With regard to the making of the much-anticipated film, Tom Hooper takes up the directorial role and he is the widely acclaimed director of a similar musical film titled Les Miserable. The screenplay of Cats is written by Popular English screenwriter and playwright Lee Hall with contributions from Tom Hooper while the production team is led by Debra Hayward. It has also been revealed that the Cats cast were handpicked by Debra and her team after lots of deliberation. Learn more about the famous actors and actresses featured in the upcoming film and the characters they portrayed below.
Cats Cast: Famous Actors & Actresses Behind the Characters and Their Voices
1. James Corden
The popular English actor and television host as a Cats cast member played the role of Bustopher Jones in the upcoming film. James Corden who is also an award-winning media personality is well known as the host of CBS The Late Late Show with James Corden.
2. Judi Dench
Judi Dench is a veteran British actress well known for her roles in several of Shakespeare’s plays. The 84-year old Academy Award winner is the voice behind the Old Deuteronomy character in the upcoming animation film. The fictional character is a wise and elderly cat that is loved by many.
3. Jason Derulo
Jason Derulo is the professional name of Jason Joel Desrouleaux, an American songwriter, dancer, and singer who holds a personal record of 11 Platinum singles with over 30 million copies sold.
The award-winning singer has featured in many television and film productions. Notable amongst them include Sounds Like Friday Night, The Voice of Germany, and Drop the Mic. This talented young artist played the role of Rum Tum Tugger in the upcoming musical film. Tugger is a belligerent Jellicle cat who loves being in the spotlight.
4. Idris Elba
Elba is well known for his roles in HBO The Wire series and in the BBC One Luther series. The English actor and producer was also the star of the 2013 film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Idris Elba was listed as the Cats cast member behind the voice of Macavity the Mystery Cat. The fictional character, who happens to be a notorious criminal mastermind, is the villain of the upcoming musical movie. It is also interesting to know that Macavity possesses some mystical powers which he employs in carrying out his evil deeds.
5. Jennifer Hudson
Hudson is a veteran American actress and singer who has achieved a plethora of accolades in the Hollywood entertainment industry. This multiple award-winner is well known for her superb performances in Dreamgirls, Sex, and the City, Black Nativity, and in Secret Life of Bees. Jennifer Hudson plays the character of Grizabella the Glamour Cat in the Cats. Grizabella is an ostracized cat who sets out to seek acceptance from other cats.
6. Ian McKellen
Sir Ian McKellen is a veteran English actor and recipient of several prestigious awards. Notable among them include six Laurence Olivier Awards, two Critics’ Choice Awards, and a Golden Globe Award. More so the English actor received widespread praise for his roles in Richard III, Gods and Monsters, X-Men Films, and The Lord of the Rings where he portrayed the role of Gandalf.
Sir Ian was named among the Cats cast – playing the role of Gus: The Theatre Cat character. Gus is a frail and old cat who is highly revered as an actor.
7. Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is a veteran American songwriter and singer whose second album titled ‘Fearless’ was the best-selling album in the United States of America in 2009. The album went to win four Grammy Awards.
The talented singer is the Cats cast member who plays the role of Bombalurina. Bombalurina, a flirtatious cat loves wearing a red coat and she is one of the principal characters in the upcoming musical film.
8. Rebel Wilson
Rebel Wilson is a popular actress of Australian descent notable as an MTV Movie Award winner. This Cats cast member portrayed the character of Jennyanydots in the 2019 film. Jennyanydots is a lazy Jellicle cat who later finds her feet and becomes very active.
9. Francesca Hayward
Hayward is ranked among the best ballerinas in the United Kingdom. She is currently a principal dancer at the prestigious Royal Ballet situated in London. The Kenyan ballerina is one of the Cats cast members who played Victoria, one of the principal characters in the upcoming 2019 musical film.