Hudson will play a former "glamour cat" named Grizabella that is shunned by the Jellicles.
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Are you a Cats lover who will be lining up to sing "Memory" in the movie theater? Tom Hooper, director of 2012's Les Misérables, has announced the first cast members for his adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's blockbuster musical Cats, based on T.S Eliot's collection of poems, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.
Jennifer Hudson is tapped to take on the role of Grizabella.
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Tom Hooper - who directed 2012's Les Miserables film adaptation - is set to helm the adaptation, which will start filming in the United Kingdom later this year.
Taylor has the least big screen experience, but she appeared alongside Hollywood legends Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges and Katie Holmes in 2014's The Giver as Rosemary.
Talk show host Corden is taking a break from his U.S. series The Late Late Show for Cats, though he is no stranger to musicals, having starred in Into the Woods alongside Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick and Johnny Depp in 2014.
Swift, Corden and McKellen's characters are being kept under wraps for the time being.