First Trailer Arrives For Tom Hooper’s Big Screen Version Of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘CATS’

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18 Jul 19

The first trailer has arrived for Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper’s (‘The King’s Speech’, ‘Les Misérables’) movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-shattering stage musical ‘CATS’… And it looks spectacular!… Or should that be specCATular… (sorry… that’s the one and only cat joke…)

Featuring Lloyd Webber’s iconic music and a world-class cast of dancers under the guidance of Tony-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (‘Hamilton’, ‘In the Heights’), the film reimagines the musical for a new generation with spectacular production design, state-of-the-art technology, and dance styles ranging from classical ballet to contemporary, hip-hop to jazz, street dance to tap.

The ridiculously starry cast includes Idris Elba as Macavity, Judi Dench as Old Deuteronomy, Jennifer Hudson as Grizabella, James Corden as Bustopher Jones, Taylor Swift as Bombalurina, Rebel Wilson as Jennyanydots, Jason Derulo as Rum Tum Tugger, and Ian McKellen as, who else, but Gus The Theatre Cat. The film also introduces Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward in her feature film debut.

In addition to that star-studded line up the cast also includes Robbie Fairchild (Broadway’s An American in Paris), Laurie Davidson (TNT’s Will), hip-hop dance sensation Les Twins (Larry and Laurent Bourgeois), acclaimed dancer Mette Towley (featured in videos for Rihanna and Pharrell Williams’ N.E.R.D.), Royal Ballet principal dancer Steven McRae, and rising-star singer Bluey Robinson.

One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, the stage musical “Cats” received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981, where it played for 21 years and earned the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical. In 1983, the Broadway production became the recipient of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and ran for an extraordinary 18 years. Since opening in London in 1981, “Cats” has continuously appeared on stage around the globe, to date having played to 81 million people in more than fifty countries and in nineteen languages. It is one of the most successful musicals of all time.

The screenplay is by Lee Hall (‘Billy Elliot’, ‘Rocketman’) and Hooper, based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot and the stage musical by Lloyd Webber. ‘CATS’ is executive produced by Lloyd Webber, Steven Spielberg, Angela Morrison and Jo Burn. The film is a Universal Pictures/Working Title Films and Amblin Entertainment production, in association with Monumental Pictures and The Really Useful Group. Debra Hayward, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Tom Hooper serve as producers.

‘CATS’ premieres in cinemas worldwide this Christmas.