New 'Cats' trailer delights, terrifies the internet: 'The film will unite us in ways we can't yet know' - Yahoo Celebrity

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since the first trailer for Cats sent Twitter into a feline-frenzy, with reactions ranging from open-mouthed shock to furry-ious anticipation. Now we’ve actually seen with our own very eyes a fresh look at Tom Hooper’s ensemble of Jellicle cats, including Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Judi Dench and James Corden. Far from trying to reset public opinion, the just-released second trailer doubles down on the candy-colored, digital-fur enhanced visuals that inspired so many looks of surprise the last time around. One thing’s for sure: As long as clips from the movie keep going viral, no one’s going to be asking, “What’s a Jellicle cat?” when the movie arrives in theaters on Dec. 20." data-reactid="25" type="text">It’s been four months since the first trailer for Cats sent Twitter into a feline-frenzy, with reactions ranging from open-mouthed shock to furry-ious anticipation. Now we’ve actually seen with our own very eyes a fresh look at Tom Hooper’s ensemble of Jellicle cats, including Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Judi Dench and James Corden. Far from trying to reset public opinion, the just-released second trailer doubles down on the candy-colored, digital-fur enhanced visuals that inspired so many looks of surprise the last time around. One thing’s for sure: As long as clips from the movie keep going viral, no one’s going to be asking, “What’s a Jellicle cat?” when the movie arrives in theaters on Dec. 20.

The Jellicle Ball chooses the Jellicle Cat who gets to ascend to the Heaviside Lair. (Photo: Universal)

For those who are coming in late to the Cats phenomenon, the film is based on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s oh-so-1980s Broadway blockbuster (which in turn was inspired by the poems of T.S. Eliot) in which a diverse group of felines compete to see which of them gets to ascend to the Heaviside Lair and be reborn into a new Jellicle life. That competition unfolds at the annual Jellicle Ball, where contestants perform a spectacle-driven series of musical numbers.

biggest tune from a Broadway classic-turned-feature film, she won an Oscar." data-reactid="42" type="text">Among the cats in contention for resurrection are Gus the Theatre Cat (Ian McKellen), who played, in his time, every possible part; the very nimble Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat (Steven McRae); the manners-obsessed Jennyanydots (Rebel Wilson); and the mournful Grizabella the Glamour Cat (Hudson), who sings the musical’s signature number, “Memory.” Not for nothing, but the last time Hudson sang the biggest tune from a Broadway classic-turned-feature film, she won an Oscar.

Jennifer Hudson stars as Grizabella in Cats. (Photo: Universal)

Francesca Hayward’s Victoria (who appears to be the audience’s primary POV cat in this version of the story), Dench’s Jellicle leader Old Deuteronomy and Idris Elba’s devilishly dangerous Macavity the Mystery Cat." data-reactid="58" type="text">Where the original trailer was mostly an introduction to the film’s... uh, unique visual style, this new one lays out the stakes of the competition and includes more shots of characters like Francesca Hayward’s Victoria (who appears to be the audience’s primary POV cat in this version of the story), Dench’s Jellicle leader Old Deuteronomy and Idris Elba’s devilishly dangerous Macavity the Mystery Cat.

Taylor Swift as Bombalurina in Cats. (Photo: Universal Pictures)

collaborated with Webber on an original song for the film that she’ll almost certainly be reprising at the Oscars next year. For now, you can listen to it below." data-reactid="70" type="text">We also see — but don’t hear — Swift singing and dancing as Bombalurina. The pop superstar collaborated with Webber on an original song for the film that she’ll almost certainly be reprising at the Oscars next year. For now, you can listen to it below.

considering the movie’s reportedly extravagant price tag." data-reactid="72" type="text">So far, at least, the latest trailer isn’t doing much to bridge the divide between those baffled by Cats and those who can’t wait for Cats. The former group are still predicting cat-astrophe, especially considering the movie’s reportedly extravagant price tag.

I have some questions...

1. Why are they so small?

2. Why does Judy Denchcat need a fur coat when she is a cat with literal fur growing out of her skin?

3. What the actual HELL is this movie https://t.co/03WS8txX67

— Angie (@korps) November 19, 2019

I had to watch Taylor Swift as a cat shaking her boobs. The cat boobs are worse than I could have imagined. The horror of it all. The chaos. The pure nauseating confusion. James Corden playing... himself. Judi Dench looking like a murderer. Naked cat Idris??? #Cats #CatsMovie

— Claudia Boleyn? (@ClaudiaBoleyn) November 19, 2019

The Cats movie reportedly costs $300 million. I really don't know how they spent this much unless the cast got into intense method acting so they knocked over expensive equipment and sets.

— Chibi (@Chubichangas) November 19, 2019

How does Cats have a $300 million budget? I don't even have a joke to make, I'm just confused. I'm not even against this movie existing but I just don't know how it has Avengers Endgame levels of money behind it.

— dDx (@ddx_exe) November 19, 2019

But for the pro-Cats squad — particularly die-hard Swifties — this footage is nothing but catnip.

Me: I have chills thinking about the once in a lifetime cinematic experience December 20th is going to be. Like I’m going to be telling my kids about this someday.

Friend: I know right?! The last film in the Star Wars saga! An end of an era!

Me: what? No? I’m talking about Cats

— chels ? (@mostlychels) November 19, 2019

The CATS film will unite us in ways we can’t yet know.

— Tim Federle (@TimFederle) November 19, 2019

The Rise of Skywalker." data-reactid="90" type="text">One way or another, Cats is coming to theaters in one month. Be prepared to make your own Jellicle Choice whether to see it...or run screaming to The Rise of Skywalker.

Cats opens in theaters on Dec. 20.

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