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Jason Derulo boards Tom Hooper's 'Cats' musical

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

is latest A-lister to join the star-studded voice cast of "Cats", the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's beloved musical.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Derulo, best known for platinum singles such as "Wiggle", "Talk Dirty", "In My Head", and "Whatcha Say", will play a feline named Rum Tum Tugger, who is rebellious and never satisfied.

The film will be directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker and shooting is expected to start soon in England.

Derulo joins Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, and in the cast.

will adapt the screenplay for the musical, which based on TS Eliot's children's poems.

The story follows a tribe of called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as "the Jellicle choice" and decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life.

Hudson, who won an in 2007 for her role in Dreamgirls, will take on the role of Grizabella, a former glamour cat ostracised by the Jellicles, while McKellan will play Old Deuteronomy, the elderly Jellicle Leader.

Elba will be portraying Macavity, the villain of the piece. Dench will essay the role of the Old Deuteronomy, the Jellicle leader who is kidnapped by Macavity.

The stage version of the musical is the fourth-longest-running show in Broadway history and the sixth-longest-running in London's West End.

The film is being produced by Hooper, and Working Title's and

Webber, and will serve as executive producers on the project.

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First Published: Wed, November 21 2018. 11:25 IST