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One more and it's officially a trend. Also possibly a concern.

Idris Elba is in final negotiations to join the "Cats" movie, Variety reports.

That film adaptation of the blockbuster musical already stars Jennifer Hudson, James CordenTaylor Swift, and Sir Ian McKellen,

Deadline reports that Elba is playing Macavity.

Who is that, you ask? Here's a description from Deadline:
"Macavity is the only real villain in the musical, who kidnaps Old Deuteronomy -- the Jellicle leader -- and attempts to abduct Demeter, one of two cats who sings about him. The character was originally portrayed by Richard Pettyfer in the original West End production, and by Kenneth Ard in the Broadway production. Macavity also has a hypnotic power. In Act II, there are two songs about him: “Macavity: The Mystery Cat' sung by Demeter, Bombalurina, and female feline back-up; and “Macavity Fight' performed by Macavity, Demeter, Munkustrap and Alonzo."

It's a big role. And, as Variety noted, it will be Elba's second feline role after voicing Shere Khan in "The Jungle Book" movie. Another villain.

When he's not meowing maliciously, Elba will next be seen in the "Hobbs and Shaw" movie, and also the upcoming Netflix comedy "Turn Up Charlie."

"Cats" is said to be in pre-production right now, for a release in theaters on December 20, 2019.

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