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The success of the stage version of the story is remarkable: The original Broadway production ran from 1982 to 2000, racking up more than $388 million, earning the Tony Award for Best Musical, and holding the record for the longest-running show on the Great White Way for nearly a decade.
Now the musical — originally based on the 1939 T. S. Eliot poetry book Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats — is getting its own film adaptation. Universal Pictures and Working Title Films announced the production in May 2016, tapping Oscar-winning filmmaker Tom Hooper to direct and adding big stars like Swift and Hudson.
“Obviously, I loved the show, I loved the music, and one of the things that made Cats so special when it came out in the ’80s was that it was presented in a way people hadn’t seen before,” Swift told Entertainment Weekly in May 2019.
For those new to the story, Cats’ official IMDb logline lays out the premise: “A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life.”
Production of Cats started in December 2018 and wrapped in April 2019, so now it’s just a waiting game until the film’s release. While we count down the days, get up to speed on the details of the film adaptation — or refresh your “Memory” — with the photo gallery below.