Cats trailer showcases Taylor Swift and Jennifer Hudson’s feline finest but creeps out critics

Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson and Jason DeRulo showed off their new Cats characters in the much-anticipated film’s first trailer on Thursday (18Jul19).

The teaser also featured clips of Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, James Corden, Rebel Wilson and British ballet star Francesca Hayward, all furry as their feline characters in Tom Hooper’s movie adaptation of the beloved stage musical, based on T.S. Eliot’s poetry.

The two-and-a-half minute trailer, featuring dance numbers and Hudson’s emotional rendition of the show’s classic tune Memory, lit up social media with mixed reviews.

Swift was a fan – she tweeted: “I am a cat now and somehow that was everything.”

But not everyone liked what they saw – some Twitter users felt Hooper’s use of technology to turn his stars into furry felines was “creepy”, with one online critic writing: “The trailers for It 2 and Cats dropped today and I’m not sure which one is more terrifying.”

Another viewer added: “I don’t know why you’re all freaking out over miniature yet huge cats with human celebrity faces and sexy breasts performing a demented dream ballet for kids.”

And a Rolling Stone reviewer wrote called the trailer “even more terrifying than anticipated”.

The film hits cinemas in December (19).