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.
The project is adapted by Lee Hall, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler - originally announced to be Wayne McGregor who withdrew due to scheduling conflicts. Tom Hooper and Steven Spielberg act as producers for the film.
The project was first rumored in December 2013 in the Guardian, and more recently took hold in May 2016 by Variety, and little has been heard while the project has been in development. Both Anne Hathaway and Rihanna were considered for roles, but ultimately passed because of scheduling conflicts.
Hooper has cited "astonishing new technology to transform his cast members into a breathtaking, vivid new vision of one of the most beloved musicals of all time.”
Principal photography began on December 12, 2018. The film will be distributed by Universal Pictures.
Casting announcements and rumours have come to light; some roles are confirmed, others are speculation (marked by *).
- Auditions for an unnamed role took place in July 2018; possibly for the role of Victoria the White Cat. Further auditions called for a last-minute addition to the cast in November 2019, likely for an ensemble role.
- Judi Dench playing Old Deuteronomy mirrors Andrew Lloyd Webber's similar casting choice in Starlight Express. The role of Poppa, similarly the father figure whose deep, rich voice is integral to the score, has changed gender to Mama. This change is part of a massive overhaul of the show which has sparked controversy among many fans.
- The characters seem likely to be presented in a format that relies less on Computer Generated Imagery than initially speculated; the casting call requires strong dance skills, it seems likely that we will be seeing the performers' natural movements rather than Motion Capture, as this would not require the performers to both sing and dance.
- The recent productions have seen new material added - "Street Cat Tugger", and Gus leading "Pekes and Pollicles" for example. Lee Hall may be directed by Andrew Lloyd Webber to use the latest versions of the show; he may refer back to the more classic material; or he may have license to re-write fresh changes.
- ↑ CATS The Movie Announced For 2019
Andrewlloydwebber.com News, 31/08/2018
- ↑ "Andy Blankenbuehler will Choreograph Cats Film" Broadwayworld, 24th November 2018
- ↑ Cats musical may be next for film treatment, says Andrew Lloyd Webber
The Guardian, 3rd December 2013
- ↑ Tom Hooper to Direct ‘Cats’ Movie for Universal
Variety.com, 5th May 2016
- ↑ Andrew Lloyd Webber Pens New Song for Possible Cats Film
Playbill.com, 5th January 2018
- ↑ Ian McKellen promises King Lear is in no way a 'farewell tour'
EW.com 25th September 2018
- ↑ https://deadline.com/2018/12/universal-working-titles-feature-adaptation-of-andrew-lloyd-webbers-cats-rolls-cameras-1202518943/
- ↑ Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden, Ian McKellen Will Star in Film Version of Cats
Playbill.com, 20th July 2018
- ↑ ‘Cats’: Dancer Mette Towley Joins Cast Of Universal-Working Title Film
Deadline.com 26th September 2018
- ↑ Rebel Wilson to play Jennyanydots in CATS
BroadwayWorld 19th November
- ↑ Idris Elba in Talks to Join Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, More in Cats Movie
Playbill.com 16th October 2018
- ↑ "Robbie Fairchild to Play Munkustrap in ‘Cats’ Movie Adaptation" Variety.com, 29th November 2018
- ↑ Judi Dench Signs on for Cats Film
Playbill.com October 18th 2018
- ↑ Cats Movie finds its Rum Tum Tugger in Jason Derulo
Playbll.com 20th November 2018
- ↑ Instagram Post, 8th November 2018
Steven McRae, Principal dancer, Royal Ballet, has announced his involvement in the film project.
- ↑ Instagram Post, 2nd November 2018
- ↑ Royal Ballet Principal Francesca Hayward Joins CATS Film as Victoria!
Broadway World.com 1st November 2018