One of the hallmarks of a holiday blockbuster film is a star-studded cast, and Cats certainly bears that hallmark with distinction. The film is filled to the brim with stars, all of whom also have at least some theatrical or musical background. Trying to keep track of — or even recognize, really, given the special effects — any of them is confusing enough. To that end, here's a little cheat sheet of the cast of Cats you can review ahead of its Dec. 20 release date.
In the event you aren't one of the many die-hard fans of the Broadway musical, you should know that the plot might seem a bit strange — on the surface, at least. The cats in Cats belong to a fictional tribe of cats known as the Jellicle cats, who, over the course of a specific night, must decide which of them will ascend to something called the Heaviside layer in order to be reborn into a new life. The film covers that one specific night, following each of the cats as they compete for the honor of ascending while others support or participate in the ritual ascension.
The lead Jellicle cat ensemble includes Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, James Corden, Francesca Hayward, and Jason Derulo, all of whom are styled via special effects with fur to look like cats, similar to how the stage actors were costumed for the stage play. In case that pesky digital fur technology makes the cast unrecognizable to you, we've got a handy guide to Cats' cast of characters here.