Watch the ‘Cats’ trailer, featuring Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson and Idris Elba

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The slated release date for Cats the movie is December 20.

Cats is based on the musical of the same name, which in turn was inspired by poet TS Eliot's work Old Posumm's Book of Practical Cats.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS: "Thought the Cats trailer was a fever dream I had, but nope".

For cast member Dench, the film marks an important moment in her illustrious career. I truly threw myself into a ball and almost cried because I was afraid of a cat butt that had the face of James Corden. Swift, who plays the role of Bombalurina, is seen as a ginger cat pouring catnip out of a diamond-encrusted bottle all while floating on a crescent moon.

The trailer for the all-star film version of hit musical Cats has been released.

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Some were perplexed by the specifics of the cats' anatomy: why the human/cat hybrids had breasts, for instance, or where exactly their tails protruded from.

Take a look at the trailer below, and tell me it's not weird AF. The song "Memories" sounds vaguely familiar, and the tag "one chance for a new life" seems to indicate that one of the cats, maybe dancer Francesca Hayward, will have the chance to discover who she is and where she belongs in this very odd world.

During her Reputation tour previous year, Taylor Swift spoke of the project, saying: "This musical is timeless".

Dench looks mesmerising in her role, although fans will know she was the very original Grizabella when the show was first created.

Still, as I said, Cats is a timeless story and the real power in this trailer is the small glimpses of the characters that you get, backed by the rousing musical performance of Jennifer Hudson. A spokesperson for Swift didn't return a request for comment, but if the rumors are true, I can't wait to hear it.

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