Cats director Tom Hooper admits film will be better than that horrifying trailer

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Ever since the first trailer for the film of Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical Cats was released in the summer, the project has been mired in ridicule. A-Listers CGI-ed into barely recognisable fur-humans, replete with tails and, bizarrely, breasts, have spawned so much chatter online that some have even suspected the footage was made deliberately perplexing as part of a marketing strategy.

Now, though, director Tom Hooper has explained that, no, the digital effects were not quite up to scratch – but promises that the film will be better.

Speaking to Empire, Hooper said:

We’d only finished shooting in March, so all the visual effects [in the trailer] were at quite an early stage. Possibly there were, in the extremity in some of the responses, some clues in how to keep evolving [the production]. When you watch the finished film, you’ll see that some of the designs of the cats have moved on since then, and certainly our understanding of how to use the technology to make them work has gone up, too.

Little light has been shed on just what can be expected from Cats, aside from oversized sets (to make the human-sized cats look smaller) and a new song from Lloyd-Webber and Taylor Swift, who plays Bombalurina. Of the technology, insiders have given excitable, if vague, insight. “We’ve used digital fur technology” Hooper says in the behind-the-scenes film, “to create the most perfect covering of fur.”