“This old Gumbie Cat could easily be mistaken for being lazy. She spends her days seeking out the warm and sunny spots where she sits, and sits, and sits, and sleeps as the hours tick by. But when the moon rises in the sky, Jennyanydots comes alive. She bakes and fries, she teaches the mice “knitting, crocheting and tatting” and she employs the cockroaches to be her troop of helpful boy-scouts. It could be said her greatest skill is turning household pests into productive and organised creatures.”
Rebel Wilson is set to play the old Gumbie cat Jennyanydots in the film adaptation of CATS. She joins Jennifer Hudson (Grizabella), Taylor Swift, James Corden, Ian McKellen (Gus the Theatre Cat), Judi Dench(Deuteronomy), Idris Elba (Macavity), and Royal Ballet principal dancers Steven McRae (Skimbleshanks) and Francesca Hayward (Victoria).
The cast has been rehearsing at Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire, UK for a December 20, 2019 theatrical release.
Tom Hooper will direct the project for Working Title pictures which is set to begin shooting in November in London.
Cats was revived on Broadway last summer at the Neil Simon Theatre. Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” the original Broadway production opened in 1982 at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre, where it ran for 7,485 performances and 18 years. Cats was originally produced on Broadway by Cameron Mackintosh, The Really Useful Company Limited, David Geffen, and The Shubert Organization.
The Tony Award-winning Best Musical held the title of longest-running musical in Broadway history until it was surpassed in 2006 by Les Miserables and later by Webber’s The Phantom of The Opera. The original Broadway production closed on September 10, 2000 and is currently the fourth longest-running show in Broadway history.
Wilson can next be seen starring in Warner Bros’ romantic comedy “Isn’t It Romantic” due out on Valentine’s Day 2019. Next May, she can be seen starring opposite Anne Hathaway in MGM’s “The Hustle,” a remake of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” Next fall, Wilson can be seen in Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit.”