Can last-minute changes give “Cats” another life? Universal Studios notified thousands of movie theaters that a new version of the movie with "improved visual effects" is on its way. The film adaptation of the classic Broadway musical flopped at the box office, earning just $6.5 million on opening weekend. It's also being widely panned because of embarrassing mistakes, including one scene in which Judi Dench's character can be seen having a human hand and wedding ring.
Taylor Swift was almost cast in Les Misérables — but she didn’t land the role of Éponine for what director Tom Hooper says is a very “flattering” reason.
Hooper, who would eventually go on to direct the singer in Cats, revealed in a recent interview with Vulture that while he came close to casting Swift in the 2012 movie, he ultimately didn’t believe Swift fit the character of an impoverished girl who gets overlooked.
“She had auditioned for Les Mis. She rather brilliantly auditioned for Éponine. I didn’t cast her, but I got very close to it,” Hooper, 47, told Vulture. He explained that because of that audition, he thought of the “You Need to Calm Down” singer, 30, immediately for Cats.
“Ultimately, I couldn’t quite believe Taylor Swift was a girl people would overlook,” Hooper said. “So it didn’t quite feel right for her for the most flattering reason.”
Éponine was ultimately played by British actress Samantha Barks, and the film would go on to win three Oscars, including Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway.
Taylor Swift, 30, had a body double for her scenes as Bombalurina, as actress Annabelle Strutt revealed she was a stand in for the singer on set.
Taking to Instagram to share an array of behind-the-scenes shots on Instagram in December, she gushed: 'So, at the beginning of the year I was given the opportunity to be Taylor Swift’s (Bombalurina) body double in the upcoming musical film CATS.
'I had a nice little trailer all to myself and experienced working in motion capture (hence the weird Star-Trek-style outfit and why I look like I’ve got the pox in these pics!)'