Academy Award–winner Judi Dench is officially joining the cast of an upcoming film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats. Dench will play the role of Old Deuteronomy—an interesting choice since the role is traditionally played by a guy.
This wouldn’t be the first time that Dench and Cats intertwined. The British star was expected to play Grizabella in the 1981 production, but she had to withdraw due to a reported injury.
Additionally, Idris Elba may join the cast as Macavity and join the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, James Corden, and Taylor Swift.