'Cats' movie cast and who they're playing: Taylor Swift, Ian McKellen – INSIDERPets
“Cats,” one of the longest-running Broadway shows, is finally in theaters.
Critics are having quite the time lambasting the film, which features an A-list cast ranging from Taylor Swift to Judi Dench and Ian McKellen.
The movie follows a group of cats, the Jellicles, who decide to send one cat to “the Heaviside Layer” (aka heaven) to be reborn. In the Andrew Lloyd Webber play, each cat gets its own individual song in which they introduce themselves.
Insider rounded up the big celebrities who play CGI felines in the film.
Grizabella sings “Memory,” which is the most popular song from the musical. Betty Buckley won a Tony Award for her role as the character in 1983.
The cat is described as a confident cat. In the musical, she flirts with Rum Tum Tugger.
Swift is a big cat fan, with three of her own.
The cat always like to hog up the spotlight and be the center of attention.
Jennyanydots performs a tap-dancing routine in the musical.
The cat enjoys life and travels to gentleman’s clubs in the musical.
Macavity doesn’t have any songs in the Broadway musical. We may see Elba play a larger role here.
Gus sings a song about his acting career.
The cat is the leader of the Jellicles and has to decide which cat will go to heaven.
The shy cat gets its own ballet solo. Hayward is a dancer in the Royal Ballet and has played Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet,” Aurora in “The Sleeping Beauty,” and the Sugar Plum Fairy in “The Nutcracker.”
The cat has magical powers and also gets his own dance solo. Davidson appeared on TNT’s “Will” and will be in the movie “The Good Liar” with Ian McKellen.