‘Cats’ Movie Adds Judi Dench as Gender-Swapped Old Deuteronomy

/Film | 10/19/2018 | Ben Pearson
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Oscar-winning actress Judi Dench is the latest performer to join the cast of Tom Hooper‘s Cats movie musical. She’ll play a gender-swapped version of the Jellicle cats’ leader, Old Deuteronomy. She also has some interesting history with this show that makes her casting here seem like a nice “full circle” moment in her impressive career.

Deadline reports that Dench, the Oscar-winning actress from Shakespeare in Love and long-time veteran of the James Bond film franchise, will play Deuteronomy, the leader of the Jellicle cats. In the original stage musical, this character was male, a large cat who “has lived many lives” and “buried nine wives (and more, I am tempted to say – ninety-nine).” Deadline says that “wives” line will need to be changed in this version since Dench’s version of Deuteronomy is female, but I could see them keeping it as-is.

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Cats debuted in 1981 and was composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It became one of the longest-running plays in Broadway history, winning multiple Tony Awards and earning nearly $350 million to date. It’s based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, and if you’ve never seen the play, don’t mind spoilers, and want to be...
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