The musical now has perhaps its biggest adaptation of al although as it makes its way off the stage and onto the big screen in a new movie directed by Tom Hooper (The King's Speech, Les Miserables) from a script that he wrote with Lee Hall (Rocketman).
Tom Hooper says the film uses the most advanced "digital fur technology" ever seen to bring the characters to life.
The cast is comprised of horrifying, crawling, singing, CGI, human-cat hybrids with the faces of well-known singers and actors, including Taylor Swift, Judi Dench, Jennifer Hudson, Idris Elba and Ian McKellen. And perhaps the most interesting part of the trailer is seeing all these big names turned into CGI cat people. Who released this trailer? Why? How?
But other film critics weren't so impressed.
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In a behind-the-scenes video, Oscar-winner Dench called the film "an Alice in Wonderland experience". Judi, in her interview in the clip, remembered how she was cast in the original London production of Cats, and had to back out due to an injury.
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The movie, which hits theaters December 20, 2019, also stars dance icons like Les Twins (Beyonce's featured hip-hop dancers and World of Dance season one champs) and Francesca Hayward (a principal dancer in the Royal Ballet), with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, who has worked on Broadway shows like Hamilton, In the Heights and Bandstand. So far, they include: Terminator: Dark Fate (November 2019), Top Gun: Maverick (2020) and IT Chapter 2 (September, 2019).
Cats opens in theaters on December 20.