Cats, the movie based on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway classic, has shared its first trailer and fans are furry excited. It’s equal parts surreal, wonderful and bonkers.
Helmed by Tom Hooper, who directed The King’s Speech and the 2012 Oscar-winning Les Misérables, the film is stacked with some of the biggest names in entertainment.
Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Jason Derulo, James Corden, and Rebel Wilson star opposite veteran actor Sir Ian McKellen and Judi Dench in this musical drama.
The trailer itself tells an all-too-familiar dramatic tale: It chronicles the lives of the Jellicles, a group of cats who come together to make the annual “Jellicle choice”. There, they decide which feline should ascend to the Heaviside Layer, a heaven-like place where cats get rebirthed.
However, the biggest takeaway from the clip is that the actors are all treated with CGI, morphing into actual cats. In a behind-the-scenes video released on 18 July, the cast members shared their enthusiasm for the project.
It also gave an inside look at the bizarre “fur” tech used in the film. As Hooper explained, the film has “used digital fur technology to create the most perfect covering of fur” on the actors.
Idris looks totally on point as Macavity, as the gnarled cat watches over the streets, while Taylor’s Bombalurina sprinkles catnip on what appeared to be the Jellicle Ball.
In the trailer we hear Jennifer sing the beautiful Memory, made famous by her character Grizabella and we already have goosebumps.
Dame Judi, who plays the character of Old Deuteronomy, was cast in 1981’s stage show, but just before they were due to open, she snapped her Achilles and thought she’d never get the chance to star in Cats again.
The graceful Victoria is played by Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward, who is introduced in her feature film debut. Not a bad flick to score first time on screen.
Cats will hit theatres this December.