Les Misérables director Tom Hooper set to direct Cats musical movie

The director previously helmed Les Miserables in 2013

Tom Hooper has reportedly signed up to direct a movie adaptation of iconic musical Cats.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Hooper, who is best known for The King’s Speech, Les Misérables and The Danish Girl, will team up with Universal and British production house Working Title on the adaptation of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s musical.

Cast details for the new adaptation are yet to be confirmed, but The Sun reports that Hooper will hand a role to British actress Suki Waterhouse.

It comes after Hooper helmed a big-screen adaptation of Les Misérables in 2013 – starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway.

The film grossed over $440m worldwide – and saw Hathaway win an Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Fantine, alongside nominations for Best Picture.

Describing the project, a source told The Sun: “Cats is one of theatreland’s most-loved shows and Universal always knew a film version would capture the public’s imagination.

“They have been patient with the project, waiting to bring in the right people. Tom has form for adapting musicals for the big screen and is the ideal choice.

“If negotiations go to plan, filming could start as early as this year.”

Cats first debuted in the West End in 1981 – and tells the story of a tribe of cats who meet every year to decide which animal will ascend to heaven before being reborn.

More recently, Hooper directed The Danish Girl, which starred Eddie Redmayne as Lilli Elbe – who is thought to be one of the first recipients of sexual reassignment surgery in the world.

The film bagged Alicia Vikander an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress as Elbe’s wife, Gerda Wegener.