‘Cats’ Featurette Goes Behind the Scenes of the Stage-to-Screen Adaptation

/Film | 7/17/2019 | Chris Evangelista
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Cats is going to be big. It will either be a big stage-to-screen musical beloved by audiences, or the type of strange train-wreck that we can’t look away from. In either case, I’m excited. The film brings the hit Broadway musical to life in a whole new way, featuring a cast that includes James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, and Rebel Wilson as digitally-enhanced cats. We’ll have to wait until Friday to see actual film footage, but a new Cats featurette goes behind-the-scenes to showcase how weird this is going to be.

I don’t think audiences are ready for Cats. Director Tom Hooper is bringing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running musical to the big screen, and he’s doing it in an unexpected way. Rather than have the actors slip into some furry cat suits like the Broadway production, Hooper and his team are instead digitally enhancing the cast, adding CGI fur (and I guess cat ears?).

Featurette - Look - Cat-people - Footage - Cast

This behind-the-scenes featurette sadly doesn’t give us a good look at the digital cat-people, but it does show off some footage of the cast rehearsing their big numbers, while also strolling around some surreal-looking sets with oversized props. See?

And in case you think I’m joking about the “digital fur” stuff, this featurette has the cast talking about the idea, while also showing some...
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