Taylor Swift is to star opposite Ian McKellen, Jennifer Hudson and James Corden in the big screen version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical Cats.

Deadline.com has confirmed that Les Misérables and The King's Speech director Tom Hooper will be behind the lens, with Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall adapting Webber's work for the screen. The story was first reported by The Daily Mail.

Jennifer Hudson is reported to be filming Cats in the autumn

Deadline says Hooper has already been at work on the film for two years and will begin filming in the autumn. 

First performed in 1981, Cats follows a tribe of felines called the Jellicles on the night when they decide which of their number will go to the Heaviside Layer and return to a new life. It is the sixth longest-running show in West End history, and the fourth longest-running show in Broadway history. 

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Cat lover Swift's last film role was in 2014's The Giver.