Anne Hathaway is said to be in talks for the big-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical “Cats,” with her “Ocean’s 8” costar Rihanna eyed for the role of Bombalurina. That’s the scoop from ThatHashtagShow, which added that RiRi wasn’t in formal talks, she was just on the wish list.
Universal Pictures picked up the rights to “Cats” in 2016, and Tom Hooper was said to be directing from a script by Lee Hall. Hooper directed the 2012 “Les Misérables” movie, which gave Anne Hathaway her Best Supporting Actress Oscar. So even though this “Cats” casting report is unconfirmed, it makes plenty of sense to see those two reunite for another on-screen musical adaptation.
“Cats” is based on T.S. Eliot’s volume of poetry, “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.” The long-running musical was composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and gave us the iconic song “Memory,” among others. The character Glamourpuss sings “Memory”; the THS report didn’t specify Hathaway’s role, but it would make sense for her to belt that out.
Earlier this year, Andrew Lloyd Webber told the Daily Mail of the U.K. that he composed a new song for the film, for the white kitten Victoria. The report said he was considering writing more numbers.
That January 2018 Daily Mail report also said the film was exploring the use of both live actors and CGI. “It’s very early days, but I have been assured that the film will (according to an executive) have real performers singing and dancing. ‘The work will be something you haven’t seen before,’ I was promised.”
This would be Hathaway’s second life as a cat, after playing Selina Kyle/Catwoman in “The Dark Knight Rises.”
According to THS, this “Cats” adaptation is expected to start production this September in London. Hathaway also has filming for the “Barbie” movie coming up, with that release date pushed to May 2020.
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