Based on the book “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T.S. Eliot, the musical follows the Jellicle cats, a family of felines who go before the group’s leader Old Deuteronomy to see who will be selected to travel to the Heaviside layer for a new life. The original musical won six Tony awards.
However, in this iteration, things are a little different. Instead of actors dressed as cats, as many fans are familiar with in the Broadway production, director Tom Hooper opted to use motion-capture technology, meaning the cats will actually appear as singing furry felines.
The already star-studded cast is completed with another team of big names including Judi Dench (Old Deuteronomy), Rebel Wilson (Jennyanydots), Steven McRae (Skimbleshanks), Ian McKellen (Gus), Jason Derulo (Rum Tum Tugger) and Idris Elba (Macavity).
Hudson will star as Grizabella, a former “glamour cat.” Swift plays Bombalurina. Tony winner Corden portrays Bustopher Jones, a wise and respected member of the Jellicle group.
Along with the team of executive producers, Steven Spielberg, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Angela Morrison, “Cats” will be produced by Working Title Films in alliance with Monumental Pictures and the Really Useful Group. The film is set to hit theaters Dec. 20.
Watch the trailer above.