Francesca Hayward (center) in Cats (courtesy NBCUniversal)

Get excited, Jellicle fans: It's almost time meow!

We're about a month out from the release of the new movie version of Cats. To mark the occasion, the film's team has dropped another dance-filled trailer. The vid offers further peeks at Andy Blankenbuehler's choreography—and at the "digital fur technology"-enhanced versions of the celebrities (dance-world and, uh, world-world) involved, from Taylor Swift to Francesca Hayward.

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Former New York City Ballet principal Robert Fairchild has made it to the top of both the ballet and the Broadway worlds—and his career just keeps getting more exciting. Though Fairchild grew up studying jazz and tap in his home state of Utah, he danced with NYCB for nine years before taking his first professional dip in the musical theater world, a 2015 Tony-nominated turn as Jerry Mulligan in An American in Paris. (He reprised the role in the West End and on movie screens around the world.) He then danced in A Chorus Line at the Hollywood Bowl, Oklahoma! in London, and in a 2016 concert staging of Kiss Me, Kate before retiring from NYCB in 2017 to pursue theater, TV, and film full-time. Catch Fairchild as early modern-dance icon Ted Shawn in The Chaperone (streaming now), and as Munkustrap in the CATS movie (pouncing into theaters December 20). —Helen Rolfe

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Jellicle cats, come one and all—because there's even more (and even more amazing) behind-the-scenes footage from the new Cats movie, and it is full of dancy goodness. So, paws whatever you're doing, and go watch this new BTS video right meow (and no, the cat puns aren't stopping).

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Suffering from Cats-scratch fever after watching that tantalizing trailer all weekend? Eager to know more about the feline-filled film? Well, my fur-loving friends, this should do purrrrfectly (sorry NOT EVEN A TINY BIT sorry):

The new Cats movie famously features artists new to musical theater, from Royal Ballet principal Francesca Hayward to commercial dance sensations Les Twins to, you know, Taylor Swift. But the casting team didn't ignore the show's stage roots. In addition to bringing on choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, the man behind the latest Broadway revival's moves, it also hired several extremely accomplished dancers who're veterans of the Broadway, West End, and/or touring productions of CATS. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Jellicle obsessives, rejoice: There's a new video out that offers a (surprisingly substantive) look at the dancing that went down on the set of the new Cats movie. And you can watch it RIGHT MEOW.

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The West End revival cast of CATS (courtesy DKC/O&M)

Raise your hand if you grew up watching the classic 1998 film version of CATS repeatedly. Like, until the VHS tape came off its tracks/the DVD was hopelessly scratched. 🖐🖐🖐😻😻😻

Well, fellow Jellicle obsessives, get excited: A new film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical is in the works. And it'll feature brand-spanking-new choreography by Royal Ballet resident choreographer Wayne McGregor. And the search for dancers to fill those famous unitards is basically happening RIGHT NOW. (Paging Georgina Pazcoguin, Eloise Kropp, Ricky Ubeda, and all the other veterans of the recent Broadway revival!)

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