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Wait, They're Doing WHAT With the 'Cats' Movie?!

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | April 3, 2019 |

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | April 3, 2019 |

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Cats. It’s a musical. A ridiculously popular musical, one that kind of rewrote the rule-book for the modern West End musical. It’s also kind of an inexplicable mess you either love or hate, and people have been trying to make a movie out of it for years. Once it was announced that Oscar winner Tom Hooper would direct the big-screen adaptation, people started to wonder what it would look like. That became an even more urgent question when the wildly varied and eclectic cast was announced: Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Jason Derulo, James Corden, Judi Dench, Jennifer Hudson, Rebel Wilson, and some of the most prestigious ballet dancers of the past decade! So, would they all be in leotards scouring through big piles of trash? Would it be CGI? Or would they go full Brecht?

Well, at Cinemacon, Universal Pictures gave attendees a sneak peak. And… Brace yourselves.

This… I’ve no idea what’s going on.

Neither does Twitter. It reacted accordingly.

So Cats will feature motion-capture of some kind, particularly for faces and the fur, but perhaps not all of it? So it may be a bunch of actors in tights? Will they be on all fours like real cats or humanoid cats who do lots of jazz inspired modern dance? How realistic is this thing supposed to look, and will it give us uncanny valley nightmares? Will I have to write an article at the end of the year on how it’s okay to thirst after mo-capped feline Idris Elba? If this is a hit, will we get a mo-capped live-action adaptation of Starlight Express, where everyone is a toy train on rollerskates? Answers, I must have them!

I feel like Cats will either be a disaster of epic proportions or a gigantic hit that we will never escape. There is no in-between. Prepare for either occurrence.

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Kayleigh is a features writer for Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter or listen to her podcast, The Hollywood Read.

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