Directed by Tom Hooper – who also helmed Oscar winning musical drama Les Misérables – Cats follows a tribe of felines called the Jellicles who must decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a new life.

The film features an ensemble cast, including stars such as: Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden, Rebel Wilson, Jason Derulo, Ray Winstone, Idris Elba, Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, Robert Fairchild and Laurie Davidson.

The sensational first trailer for the film provides fans with a first glimpse of the aforementioned stars in their CGI fur, which differs from the Tony-winning stage adaptation that had its stars in cat-suits.

Swift said in a behind-the-scenes clip: “My first memories of performance go back to when I was in Pennsylvania growing up.

“My favorite thing was getting to be theatrical, to tell a story and I’ve always brought that narrative element to my live shows. This musical is timeless. We got to update it in ways that I think are just so, so, so great.”

The You Need to Calm Down star will portray Bombalurina while Grammy-winner Hudson will play Grizabella and Corden will step into the role of Bustopher Jones.

Cats is set to hit theaters 20 December – watch the trailer below.


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