A little earlier than expected, Universal Pictures has released the first Trailer for Cats. The classical long running, highest box office return West End musicals ever. The burning question on many fans lips…does it look good? No!
Let’s restart that question, it all depends on how much you love this Andrew Lloyd Weber musical. If you trust the cast to deliver the big songs, dance moves convincing the viewers they are felines. On the stage the actors are in suits and prosthetic, in this version it’s CGI. A CGI disaster. Frankly very creepy.
Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) is the director in this one. Can he make a musical that has no plot, very few memorable songs, will it work out? Check out the Cats Trailer below…
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 ballet to contemporary, hip-hop to jazz, street to tap.
Universal Pictures presents a Working Title Films and Amblin Entertainment production, in association with Monumental Pictures and The Really Useful Group. Cats is produced by Debra Hayward, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Tom Hooper. 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.
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 regarded as one of the most successful musicals of all time.
Cats stars James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and introduces Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward in her feature film debut.
Cats hopes to be that ‘Purr-fect’ Christmas film when it’s released in cinemas from 20th December.