Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The Cats movie adaptation is reportedly eyeing Idris Elba.
Elba would play Macavity, a master criminal, in the new film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The character is the subject of the song "Macavity the Mystery Cat."
Cats is based on the T.S. Eliot book Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. Webber's musical debuted on the West End in 1981 and opened on Broadway the next year.
Elba is known for playing Stringer Bell on The Wire and John Luther on Luther. He will reprise Luther in a fifth season on the BBC, and is also slated to star in the Netflix series Turn Up Charlie.