Audiences obtained a primary take a look at James Corden and Taylor Swift as fancy-footed felines with the Thursday launch of the primary trailer for the film adaptation of the Broadway smash, “Cats.”
Based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” the musical follows the “Jellicle cats,” every of whom should go earlier than their chief, Old Deuteronomy (performed by Judi Dench), to see who shall be chosen to go to a heaven-like realm often called the “Heaviside Layer” and be reborn into a brand new life.
Though “Cats” received six Tony Awards after it opened on Broadway in 1982 and helped set up composer Andrew Lloyd Webber as a theatrical impresario, the musical has come to be seen as a bit of a punch line within the intervening years. (Tony Kushner famously zinged the present in his seminal 1991 play, “Angels In America,” lower than a decade later.)
So when stars like Corden and Swift ― to not point out Idris Elba, Ian McKellen and Rebel Wilson ― started signing on for director Tom Hooper’s film model, which hits theaters this vacation season, there was loads of head-scratching happening.
Those early doubts are unlikely to be settled by the brand new trailer, wherein the actors seem as, effectively, singing and dancing cats with the assistance of CGI and motion-capture know-how.
From the appears of the clip, nonetheless, “Cats” has a serious asset in Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat. Hudson’s tackle the musical’s most well-known and beloved tune, “Memory,” might be heard all through, and it’s fairly rattling wonderful.
“Cats” hits theaters Dec. 20.
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