Taylor Swift takes the spotlight in the new “CATS” trailer, which was released on social media on Tuesday morning. The movie adaptation of the Broadway production is scheduled to hit theaters on December 20th, and the CATS movie features Idris Elba, Rebel Wilson, Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, James Corden, Taylor Swift, Ray Winstone, Jennifer Hudson, Mette Towley, Jason Derulo, Zizi Strallen, and Melissa Madden-Gray. Oscar-winner Tom Hooper directed the film for the studio, and just like the Broadway production, the movie is based on “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T.S. Eliot.
Movie fans might know Tom Hooper best from his work on “The King’s Speech,” “Les Misérables,” and “The Danish Girl.” Hooper teamed up with choreographer Wayne McGregor and casting director Lucy Bevan to bring “CATS” to the big screen. The movie is opening against Disney’s “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” Warner Bros. Pictures moved the action-comedy “Superintelligence” from that weekend, and that film will now stream on HBO Max instead of releasing in theaters. Not only are “CATS” and “Star Wars” battling it out in theaters, but the films are also releasing only one week after Sony Pictures’ “Jumanji: The Next Level,” which might split the box office even further.
The Broadway adaptation of CATS was one of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, and has been an iconic production for the last few decades. The production held its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981 and ran for 21 record-breaking years with almost 9,000 performances. In 1983 the Broadway production became the recipient of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The Broadway run of “CATS” ran for 18 years.
Fans of musicals also have “Wicked” to look forward to in 2020. Universal Pictures has Stephen Daldry directing the movie adaptation of the Broadway hit, but details on the production are slim at the moment. The studio will confirm the cast when the film moves into production, which should be later this year.
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