Idris Elba is Set to Get in Touch with His Feline Side

Idris Elba. Photo by Michael Buckner/Deadline/REX/Shutterstock (9188866dx)

Many people around the world think that Idris Elba is purrrrfect, and now he’s getting the chance to prove it.

The Turn Up, Charlie actor is in talks to the join the big screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical, Cats.

The production tells the story of the Jellicle cats who are preparing for the Jellicle Ball where one of them will ascend to the “Heaviside Layer” and be reincarnated as one of their 9 lives.

The project has already signed Jennifer Hudson to star as Grizabella, while Sir Ian McKellen of Lord of the Rings will play Gus the Theatre Cat and Taylor Swift and James Corden have also joined in as-yet-unannounced roles.

The latest star to join the film is Idris who will be portraying the “villain”, Macavity. The character kidnaps the Jellicle leader, Old Deuteronomy, and attempts to abduct Demeter who is one of two cats who sings about him.

Cats is currently in pre-production with 19 December 2019 release date.