Judi Dench has been revealed as the latest actor joining the crew of the live-action adaptation of Cats.
According to PlayBill, the Oscar winner will make her long-awaited debut in which she will play Old Deuteronomy in Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of the long-running hit musical due out next holiday season.
Dench reportedly was first cast to play Grizabella in the 1981 London premiere of Cats, but she pulled out of the production after tearing her achilles tendon.
Now, Dench joins the adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical will also star Ian McKellen, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Idris Elba, and Taylor Swift. The film is slated to head into production later this year and land in theaters on December 20, 2019.