Cats is an adaptation of T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum's Book of Practical Cat, a book of philosophical musings on the nature of cats. The story centers on a group of cats called the Jellicles. Every year, this tribe is forced to make the Jellicle Choice, deciding which cat will enter the Heaviside Layer and be reborn.
"I loved the reaction," Rebel Wilson said after the film's first trailer received criticism for how it blended humans and cats through CGI. "I think it was a bit polarizing and people will be super-curious to see the finished product. What you got in that trailer was just some small samples of it, but it’s going to be such a big movie. And the cast is obviously incredible."
Directed by Tom Hooper, Cats stars James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and Francesca Hayward. The film opens Dec. 20.