Cats (2019 film)

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Cats
Directed byTom Hooper
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based onCats
by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
by T. S. Eliot
Starring
Music byAndrew Lloyd Webber
CinematographyChristopher Ross
Edited byMelanie Ann Oliver
Production
company
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • December 20, 2019 (2019-12-20)
CountryUnited States
United Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

Cats is an upcoming British–American 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 will be directed by Tom Hooper, his second musical film following 2012's Les Misérables, choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler and stars Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden, Idris Elba, Ian McKellen, and Judi Dench.

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

Premise[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

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.[16] 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.[17] 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.[18] In May 2016, Hooper was confirmed as director.[19]

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,[20] with Andrew Lloyd Webber announcing he would be writing a new song for the film adaption.[21] In June 2018, there were reports Anne Hathaway and Rihanna were considered for roles in the film, but both passed due to scheduling conflicts.[22] In July 2018, Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden and Ian McKellen joined the cast.[23]

In September, Laurie Davidson and Mette Towley were cast, with Steven Spielberg announced to be executive producing.[24][25] In October 2018, Idris Elba and Judi Dench joined the cast of the film.[26][27] 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, United Kingdom.[28][29][30][31] Andy Blankenbuehler choreographs the film, after Wayne McGregor was forced to back out due to "scheduling conflicts."[32] In December 2018, the Les Twins and Eric Underwood joined the cast.[33]

Principal photography began on December 12, 2018,[34] and ended March 2019.[35]

Release[edit]

The film is due for release on December 20, 2019.[36]

References[edit]

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