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Cats is an upcoming musical fantasy comedy-drama film based on the musical of the same name, which in turn was based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot. It is directed by Tom Hooper, his second musical film following 2012's Les Misérables, choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler. The film stars Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden, Rebel Wilson, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Ian McKellen, and Judi Dench.[1]

Directed byTom Hooper
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based on
Music byAndrew Lloyd Webber
CinematographyChristopher Ross
Edited byMelanie Ann Oliver
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • December 20, 2019 (2019-12-20)
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

The film is scheduled for release on December 20, 2019, by Universal Pictures.



Over a single night, a tribe of cats called the Jellicles make what is known as "the Jellicle choice" and decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life.


Ensemble additions


Plans for an animated film adaptation based on the musical were planned by Amblimation in the 1990s, but was abandoned with the studio's closure.[33] In December 2013, Andrew Lloyd Webber, creator and composer of the musical stage production Cats, teased that Universal Studios, which purchased film adaptation rights to Cats many years ago, was putting the project into active development.[34] In February 2016, it was reported that Tom Hooper was in negotiations to direct the film, and was considering actresses, including Suki Waterhouse, to star.[35] In May 2016, Hooper was confirmed as director.[36]

In January 2018, Hooper and Working Title began officially casting for the film, whilst also looking into the technical aspect of whether the film would be entirely live-action, or computer generated, or a mix of both,[37] with Andrew Lloyd Webber announcing he would be writing a new song for the film adaption.[38] In June 2018, there were reports Anne Hathaway and Rihanna were considered for roles in the film, but both passed due to scheduling conflicts.[39] In July 2018, Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden and Ian McKellen joined the cast.[40]

In September 2018, Laurie Davidson and Mette Towley were cast, with Steven Spielberg announced to be executive producing.[41][42] In October 2018, Idris Elba and Judi Dench joined the cast of the film.[43][44] In November 2018, ballet dancers Francesca Hayward and Steven McRae as well as Rebel Wilson, Jason Derulo, and Robert Fairchild joined the cast of the film with rehearsals commencing at Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire, England.[45][46][47][48] Andy Blankenbuehler choreographs the film, after Wayne McGregor was forced to back out due to "scheduling conflicts."[49] In December 2018, Les Twins and Eric Underwood joined the cast.[50]

Principal photography began on December 12, 2018,[50] and wrapped on April 2, 2019.[51]


The film is due for release on December 20, 2019.[52]


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