Judi Dench has joined the cast of the movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats the musical! The project has even gender flipped the role of Old Deuteronomy!
Dench was actually up for the role of Grizabella in 1981 but right before previews she injured her Achilles Tendon and had to pull out of the show.
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The show is based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot and this star studded cast will surely not let us down. As mentioned in a previous article, Idris Elba has joined the cast along with Taylor Swift, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Hudson, and James Corden. Variety reports that Academy Award-winning actress, Judi Dench will be playing Old Deuteronomy, an old, wise cat who is greatly respected within the Jellicle Cats community.
Director Tom Hooper co-wrote the script with Lee Hall and the films executive producers include Steven Spielberg, Lloyd Webber, and Angela Morrison.
This highly successful Broadways show went on to win numerous Tony’s and played in theaters for twenty-one years straight, producing almost 9,000 shows! With that being said, this film adaption will be one to remember!
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