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Cats is an upcoming 2019 British-American musical fantasy 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. The film is directed by Tom Hooper—in his second musical film following 2012's Les Misérables—with a screenplay by Lee Hall and Hooper, choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler (who choreographed Hamilton and the Broadway revival of Cats), and executive produced by Steven Spielberg.

Cats
Cats 2019 poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed byTom Hooper
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based on
Starring
Music byAndrew Lloyd Webber
CinematographyChristopher Ross
Edited byMelanie Ann Oliver
Production
company
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • December 20, 2019 (2019-12-20) (United States)
Country
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
LanguageEnglish

Filming took place from December 2018 to April 2019. It stars James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, and introduces Francesca Hayward in her first feature-length film role.[1]

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

PremiseEdit

Over the course of 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.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

An animated film adaptation based on the musical was initially planned by Amblimation in the 1990s, but was abandoned with the studio's closure.[24] In December 2013, Andrew Lloyd Webber, creator and composer of the musical stage production Cats, teased that Universal Pictures, which purchased film adaptation rights to Cats many years ago, was putting the project into active development.[25]

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.[26] In May 2016, Hooper was confirmed as director.[27]

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,[28] with Andrew Lloyd Webber announcing he would be writing a new song for the film adaptation.[29]

CastingEdit

In June 2018, there were reports Anne Hathaway and Rihanna were considered for roles in the film, but both passed due to scheduling conflicts.[30] In July 2018, Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden and Ian McKellen joined the cast.[31]

In September 2018, Laurie Davidson and Mette Towley were cast, with Steven Spielberg announced to be executive producing.[32][33] In October 2018, Idris Elba and Judi Dench joined the cast of the film.[34][35]

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.[36][37][38][39] Andy Blankenbuehler choreographed the film, after Wayne McGregor was forced to back out due to "scheduling conflicts."[40] And it's no surprise that Blankenbuehler also did the choreography to the Broadway revival to the stage musical. In December 2018, Les Twins and Eric Underwood joined the cast.[41]

FilmingEdit

Principal photography began on December 12, 2018,[41] and wrapped on April 2, 2019.[42]

ReleaseEdit

The film is due for a theatrical release on December 20, 2019.[43]

MarketingEdit

On July 17, 2019, Universal released a behind-the-scenes featurette detailing the various aspects of the film's production and featuring interviews with the cast and crew.[44] The first trailer for the film was released on July 18, 2019,[45] and received overwhelmingly negative reactions from people. Many viewers were unsettled by the mix of CGI and live-action used to portray the cats,[46] and cited the effects as an example of the uncanny valley.[47][48]

ReferencesEdit

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  5. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Idris Elba Talks CATS and Working With Taylor Swift". BroadwayWorld.com.
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  10. ^ Desk, BWW News (November 1, 2018). "Royal Ballet Principal Francesca Hayward Joins CATS Film as Victoria!". BroadwayWorld.com.
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  12. ^ "And that's a wrap via Instagram".
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