Ahead of the release of Cats in December, Taylor Swift has shared a video of the original song she penned for it. And it’s caused quite a purr…
It’s been a few months since we were treated to that weird but wonderful first full-length trailer for Cats. You know the one: it slightly creeped everyone out a bit with feline characters that look like “human faces taped onto bodies wearing furry leotards with a few added CGI whiskers”.
Yep, you remember it.
The film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical production is due to hit UK cinemas on 10 December. Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper (of The King’s Speech, Les Misérables, and The Danish Girl fame) is the man responsible for taking the beloved stage show to the big screen. With such a huge Hollywood cast donning the leotards, even dog lovers are curious to see it.
Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Ian McKellen and Rebel Wilson all star in the film. And, real life cat lover Taylor Swift – who is a moggie mum to Olivia Benson, Meredith Grey and Benjamin Button – also makes her musical film debut as Bombalurina.
In fact, it turns out that Swift has even written an original song for the film.
Swift has shared a video that features a clip of new song Beautiful Ghosts, which she penned with Lloyd Webber for Cats.
She captioned the video: “I was so excited when @OfficialALW asked me to write an original song with him for @catsmovie. Beautiful Ghosts is performed in the film by the extraordinary Francesca Hayward who plays Victoria and reprised by Dame Judi Dench (!!!!!) who plays Old Deuteronomy. Coming soon!”
Take a look at the video below:
Francesca Hayward is a Royal Ballet principal dancer who stars as Victoria, and you can see her belting out the ballad in the clip. According to the Guardian, Swift will grace us with her own rendition at the end of the movie.
But, what exactly is Beautiful Ghosts about?
“Follow me, if you dare to…” sings Victoria in the film clip. We then see Swift continuing the song in the recording studio while Lloyd Webber plays piano, singing: “Perilous night, their voices calling, a flicker of light before the dawning… but at least you have beautiful ghosts.”
She then explains how she was inspired by T.S. Eliot whose book of poems, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, inspired Cats the musical.
“T.S. Eliot was such a specific type of writer, using such specific language and imagery,” said Swift. “Reading through his work and everything I really wanted to reflect that within. You can’t write a modern lyric for Cats.”
Basically: we’re listening to a pure belter in the making here.
As you might imagine, the internet has gone wild for the news that Swift is releasing new music with the film. Swifties are positively purring about it.
Here are just some of the reactions:
Of course, there are still plenty of people who aren’t 100% convinced, and it’s mostly because of that divisive trailer.
But what do you think? Watch the trailer again below.
Watch the trailer for Cats starring Taylor Swift
Cats will be out in UK cinemas on 20 December 2019.