Musical fans are in for a treat this December when Andrew Lloyd Webber's groundbreaking Cats is treated to its first big-screen adaptation.
Les Miserables director Tom Hooper marshals an all-star cast and the advent of something called "digital fur technology" for this grandiose production. As far as we can tell, that essentially means the assorted A-listers, including Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo and Ian McKellen, will be filmed live and transformed via CGI into humanoid felines.
Webber's musical is based on T.S. Eliot's book 'Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats' and made its West End debut in 1981, before arriving on Broadway in 1982. (An interesting nugget: Dench was herself scheduled to appear in the 1981 production, before injury compelled her to withdraw.)
It's the fourth-longest-running musical in West End history, and the sixth-longest-running on Broadway. To date, this global sensation has grossed more than $2 billion worldwide, so it's little surprise the movie has attracted some serious pedigree. This includes Hamilton choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler and the Royal Ballet's principal dancer Francesca Hayward.
Go behind the scenes of the movie in the following featurette, as the assorted cast and crew members discuss the arrival of Cats on the big screen.
Cats is released on 20th December, no doubt aiming to capitalise on the release window that served The Greatest Showman so well back in 2017.
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