Cats: It’s about cats, singing cats! You’ll love it. After a dead-serious behind-the-scenes featurette, Universal has finally released the trailer for its film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mysteriously successful musical Cats, and, well, they’re cats. Or at least A-list stars rendered catlike by advanced “digital fur technology,” that somehow still gives them humanoid bodies? And they’re surrounded by gigantic furniture to make them cat-size? Anyway, the movie stars Taylor Swift as Bombalurina, Idris Elba as Macavity, Judi Dench as Old Deuteronomy, James Corden as Bustopher Jones, Rebel Wilson as Jennyanydots, Jason Derulo as Rum Tum Tugger, Ian Mckellen as Gus the Theatre Cat, and of course Jennifer Hudson as Grizabella, a.k.a. the one who gets to belt “Memory.”
Cats is based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the story of a group of cats that gather to sing about themselves and then decide who gets reincarnated — you know, cat stuff. In keeping with the musical version, everything is weirdly sexual. Cats premieres December 20 this year.