Following yesterday’s first look featurette, Universal has shared the official trailer for the new film adaptation of the Broadway play Cats, starring Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson and James Corden.
Joining the cast is veteran actress Judi Dench (Old Deuteronomy), singer Jason Derulo (Rum Tum Tugger), Idris Elba (Macavity), Ian McKellen (Gus), Rebel Wilson (Jennyanydots) and Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward, making her feature film debut as Victoria.
Based on the collection of poems titled Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by TS Eliot, Cats was first staged as a stage show in 1983 and remains one of the most successful and longest-running shows in Broadway history.
To bring Andrew Lloyd Webber’s whimsical vision to a new generation, director Tom Hooper (who also directed the film adaptation of Les Misérables) reimagines the musical with an all-star cast, spectacular production design, state-of-the-art technology, and dance styles spanning from ballet to contemporary, hip-hop to jazz, street to tap.
Using motion-capture technology, members of the cast transform into singing felines, a stark departure from the show’s spandex-heavy past. While the first look offered a sneak peek at the preparation that went into staging this ambitious film, the trailer gives you a glimpse of the impressive finished product.
In the trailer, Jennifer Hudson appears as Grizabella, a former “glamour cat,” while Taylor Swift plays Bombalurina and James Corden portrays Bustopher Jones, a patriarchal figure of the world of Cats.
Along with the A-list cast, Hopper enlisted an ensemble of world class dancers along with Tony-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, whose previous credits include Hamilton and In the Heights.
The new movie musical version of Cats is executive produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Steven Spielberg, Angela Morrison and Jo Burn.
The film is set to hit theatres The film is set to hit theatres 20 December, reports Variety.