Trailer for movie adaptation of Broadway musical 'Cats' released

Lili Froehlich as Electra performs at the ever revival of "Cats" on Broadway on July 31, 2016 in New York City. A film adaptation of "Cats" is set for a December 2019 release.
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Lili Froehlich as Electra performs at the ever revival of "Cats" on Broadway on July 31, 2016 in New York City. A film adaptation of "Cats" is set for a December 2019 release.

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The first trailer for the upcoming musical film "Cats" has been released.

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"Cats" is an adaptation of the 1981 Broadway musical of the same name. Based on a collection of poems by T.S. Eliot and featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Weber, "Cats" follows a tribe of cats called the Jellicles as they decide which cat will come back to life, according to the film's Internet Movie Database page.

The original Broadway production ran for nearly 28 years and won several awards, including the 1983 Tony Award for Best Musical.

The movie's star-studded cast includes Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden and others. It introduces ballerina Francesca Hayward in her first movie role.

Viewers tweeted their reactions to the trailer. Many reactions were negative, as viewers said they found the appearance of the cat characters unsettling.

"Cats" is set for a December 20 release date.