Deadline is exclusively reporting that the Principal Dancer of The Royal Ballet, Steven McRae, is the latest name to join the cast of Working Title and Universal’s film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats.
The musical follows a tribe of cats called the Jellicles over the course of one night as they decide which of their group will ascend to the ‘Heaviside Layer’ and come back to a new life. The musical is the fourth-longest-running show in Broadway history and the sixth-longest-running in London’s West End.
Steven McRae will be making his big screen debut as Skimbleshanks, an older ginger tabby cat who considers himself very important within the tribe. His main role is to work on the mail trains travelling at night time, which he considers a vital contribution to the Jellicles and sings about in the song ‘Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat’.
Tom Hooper (Les Misérables and The Danish Girl) will be directing the film and has been prepping the project for two years, with the aim now to commence shooting this Autumn in the UK. The film is adapted by Lee Hall.