Acclaimed filmmaker Tom Hooper (Les Misérables, The King’s Speech) and Universal Pictures have released the trailer for the upcoming Cats film. Based on the musical of the same name, which takes its material from T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the forthcoming film sees Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, and Judi Dench becoming anthropomorphic cats.
Occurring over the course of a single night, the story follows “a tribe of cats called the Jellicles make what is known as ‘the Jellicle choice’ and decide which cat will ascend to Heaviside Layer,” otherwise known as cat heaven. The honor of going to cat heaven is one that all cat’s gloriously hope for, with all of them eagerly attempting to be chosen for the ceremony.
As is showcased within the film’s first trailer, Cats harbors much of the musical’s strong suits, from various dancing to singing and more, even staying true to the look of the various characters as they are presented on-stage.
You can watch the trailer for Cats above. The film hits theaters later this year on December 20.
For more related news, the trailer for Top Gun: Maverick has arrived.
Check out the hilarious fan reactions that came with the release of the trailer below.
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Cats giving me the same feeling as when the cast of the today show dressed up as characters from the Charlie Brown movie
— Sarah Hagi (@geekylonglegs) July 18, 2019
congratulations to dogs.
— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) July 18, 2019
My face the entire time during the “Cats” trailer… pic.twitter.com/OCe1wGIq6q
— Jenna Amatulli (@ohheyjenna) July 18, 2019
how am i supposed to go home and look my cat in the eye tonight?????
— anna borges (@annabroges) July 18, 2019
That’s the first time I’ve ever watched a trailer and said outloud, to myself, “yikes.”
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) July 18, 2019
from the twisted mind of Tom Hooper pic.twitter.com/6OzHWufvog
— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) July 18, 2019
I can’t believe that the “exciting new tech” behind CATS is just that horrifying meme from like 2011where people put Nicolas Cage’s eyes on animals. pic.twitter.com/UJz5S4XrqQ
— Mark (@MShrayber) July 18, 2019
**Carrie Bradshaw voice** I couldn’t help but wonder, did we need to get through the Cats trailer so we could be strong enough for Cats Twitter?
— Rachel Simon (@Rachel_Simon) July 18, 2019
Worst thing about trailers for any horrible CGI monstrosity is you can’t even go like “well, at least people got paid” because VFX workers are notoriously underpaid
— Dr. Badvibes (@SlayerofCis) July 18, 2019
The ‘Cats’ trailer but with the ‘Annihilation’ score pic.twitter.com/MIFUsjylzR
— Bob Marshall (@bobmarshall) July 18, 2019
I don’t know why you’re all freaking out over miniature yet huge cats with human celebrity faces and sexy breasts performing a demented dream ballet for kids.
— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) July 18, 2019
THE UNCANNY VALLEY THE SUBTLE CAT BOOBS I AM LIVING, I FEEL ALIVE pic.twitter.com/D7H969TEn6
— Anna Menta (@annalikestweets) July 18, 2019
Pennywise taking the form that scares us the most pic.twitter.com/TSn5LwwcON
— Nick Romano (@NickARomano) July 18, 2019
Do not watch the CATS the movie trailer! It is created by Russians who are stealing people’s faces and putting them on cats!!
— Alex Zalben (@azalben) July 18, 2019
You know something is wrong when the CATS trailer scares you more than the IT CHAPTER 2 trailer
— Matt Neglia (@NextBestPicture) July 18, 2019
I heard this might be weird, then I pressed play and now I can’t sleep again https://t.co/ke2l5Tjc8i
— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) July 18, 2019
me pausing ever frame of the CATS trailer looking for their buttholes. pic.twitter.com/xc476Tu3HV
— lindsey romain (@lindseyromain) July 18, 2019
Tiny CGI cats with human bodies and faces is maybe the most horrifying thing I can imagine
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) July 18, 2019
That is not the way my cat behaves in the slightest
— Adam Jacobi (@Adam_Jacobi) July 18, 2019
I loved the idea of Jennifer Hudson singing “Memory.”
I…do not love…the reality of Jennifer Hudson singing “Memory.”
Also the uncanny valley of those peoplecats is LOL. https://t.co/IkbTtDzHJZ
— Brandon (@blgtylr) July 18, 2019
there’s a good Lion King/Cats hold my beer tweet in there somewhere
— Philip Cosores (@Philip_Cosores) July 18, 2019
Imagine being a human in that world and your cat looks like this pic.twitter.com/QJLM145Zcu
— alanna bennett (@AlannaBennett) July 18, 2019
I figured it out. They don’t look like cats. They look like enormous, flying dancing…. rats. pic.twitter.com/lPaNKc3YeL
— Charlotte Alter (@CharlotteAlter) July 18, 2019