“Tonight is a magical night,” says Old Deuteronomy (Judi Dench) in the new trailer for “Cats,” “where I choose the cat that deserves a new life.”
After the initial trailer was released to online derision and countless memes in July, the follow-up clip — which runs nearly 45 seconds shorter — focuses more on the plot, positioning a feline-reincarnation ball as an “American Idol”-like contest. “Many will compete,” reads one of the taglines. “Only one can win.”
Jennifer Hudson’s version of “Memory,” which dominated the earlier trailer, is nowhere to be heard, and there’s no mention of T.S. Eliot, author of the source material for the stage musical, “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.” Likewise, the composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, and the choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (“Hamilton”), who both got shout-outs last time, are left out.
Taylor Swift can be seen shimmying in one bit of new footage, and the physical comedy of James Corden and Rebel Wilson is put in the spotlight. There are also longer looks at co-stars like Idris Elba and Dench.
But only Twitter will tell if this clip will appease the skeptics. Maybe we’ve all gotten used to the “digital fur technology” by now?
“Cats” lands in theaters on Dec. 20.