Cats Trailer: The Year’s Most Bizarre Oscar Contender

Cat Got Your Tongue?

Nobody knows what to expect from director Tom Hooper’s upcoming movie, Cats. It’s a film with award season ambitions, but so far, it’s been received with all kinds of awkward feelings. And all it takes is one look at the film’s debut trailer to understand why.

A new trailer for the movie dropped this morning, and it’s no less bizarre, though somewhat less unsettling. And I’m saying this as someone who loves all types of weird movies. I’m down for the talking trees in Lord of the Rings, and hyper-violent bi-pedal raccoons in Guardians of the Galaxy. But nothing in my life has prepared me for looking at Stringer Bell with a face full of cat whiskers. This movie is on a whole other level…

Cats trailer:

Whether it’s because of the all-star cast, dreamlike production design, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic tunes, or flat-out kitsch factor, Cats looks destined for cult status.

Cats synopsis:

Oscar®-winning director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables, The Danish Girl) transforms Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-shattering stage musical into a breakthrough cinematic event.

Cats stars James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and introduces Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward in her feature film debut.

Featuring Lloyd Webber’s iconic music and a world-class cast of dancers under the guidance of Tony-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, In the Heights), the film reimagines the musical for a new generation with spectacular production design, state-of-the-art technology, and dance styles ranging from classical ballet to contemporary, hip-hop to jazz, street dance to tap.

Cats arrives in theatres this December.