Time to get your Jellicles on! Director Tom Hooper is set to transform Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-shattering stage musical Cats into a breakthrough cinematic event — and here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the making of it, with James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and introducing Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward in her feature film debut.

One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, the stage musical Cats — about a cat tribe called the Jellicles — received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981, where it played for 21 years and earned the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical. In 1983, the Broadway production became the recipient of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and ran for an extraordinary 18 years. Since opening in London in 1981, Cats has continuously appeared on stage around the globe, to date having played to 81 million people in more than fifty countries and in nineteen languages. It is regarded as one of the most successful musicals of all time.