Date: 17th October 2018
Idris Elba is in final negotiations to join the film adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Cats". We hear Elba is playing famed feline Macavity.
Tom Hooper will direct the star-studded movie, also starring Ian McKellen, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, and Taylor Swift.
This marks Elba's second feline role following his take on Shere Khan in 2016’s "The Jungle Book".
Macavity is the only real villain in the musical who kidnaps Old Deuteronomy, the Jellicle leader, and attempts to abduct Demeter, one of two cats who sings about him. The character was originally portrayed by Richard Pettyfer in the original West End production, and by Kenneth Ard in the Broadway production. Macavity also has a hypnotic power.
Source: Press Release