Tom Hooper has employed digital fur technology to make his cast look more feline for movie musical Cats.
Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Judi Dench, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, and Ian McKellen all star in Hooper’s movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit stage musical. And rather than cover his actors in cat-like makeup like the cast in the stage show, Hooper is employing new digital fur technology to make them look more feline.
“We’ve used digital fur technology to create the most perfect covering of fur,” he said in a behind-the-scenes featurette released on Wednesday.
“Tom’s pairing them with a level of technology which I don’t think has ever been used before,” talk show host/actor James explained.
These are people, but they’re cats, and this is kinda of blowing my mind. There is nothing else like it. “I think it really could only be done by a director like Tom Hooper, he really understands the spectacle of Cats.”
In addition to the digital fur, the crew also built oversized practical sets that have been scaled up so the actors will look cat-sized onscreen.
“The scale of this film is huge, three or four times bigger for the cat perspective,” Idris explained, while Judi added, “It’s a massive undertaking, a kind of Alice in Wonderland experience.”
The video shows Idris and Taylor running through their joint musical number, and other cast members, including Jason Derulo and Rebel Wilson, rehearsing and walking around the oversized sets.
The first trailer for the movie is released on Friday.