The first trailer for the adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats is finally here and hoo boy, those sure are some cats. The cats are rendered via a new technology, not quite motion capture but not quite total CG. With bated breath, super fans of Cats the musical have waited to see how the cats would look. And folks, under the direction of Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables) they’re OH MY GOD.
Cats debuted on the West End in 1981, coming to Broadway in 1982, and at one point held the title of longest-running Broadway musical (currently, Phantom of the Opera holds the throne). Loosely based on poems by T.S. Eliot, Cats is about a group of cats known as the Jellicle cats, who dance around and introduce themselves, while deciding which one of them is worthy enough to ascend to heaven and be reborn. Yes, you read that right.
The star-studded movie boasts Jennifer Hudson as fallen woman-cat Grizabella, Taylor Swift as flirtatious Bomberlarinna, Idris Elba as Macavity the mystery cat, and Ian McKellen as the thespian Gus the Theater Cat, among others.
Cats prowls into theaters on Dec. 20.