Francesca Hayward, ballerina, who is 27 years old, is an immediate screen stealer in the first look at the big-screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famed musical. In the film, she took on the role of the white tabby, Victoria and her prowess as a dancer is already on display.
In a Cats behind the scenes video that Francesca Hayward shared on her Instagram, she willingly revealed how surreal it is to go from stage roles to singing alongside the likes of Jennifer Hudson and Taylor Swift in the movie. She said that she had always just done ballet and she felt like she was sort of living the dream.
In November 2018, Francesca Hayward announced that she had been cast in Cats on her Instagram. Alongside the black and white photo she deliberately wrote that she was excited to announce that she was about to join the cast of Univeral Pictures new film adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats, directed by Tom Hopper.
She said she was hugely thankful to the Royal Ballet, especially Kevin O’Hare for supporting her on her new journey. She was really sorry to anyone who had bought tickets to see her in the upcoming performances but she would be soon back on the Royal Opera House stage by the Spring season.
Cats is a film adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical which is based on T.S. Eliot’s book of poems titled as Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. The film tells the story of a tribe of felines called the Jellicles and the night they celebrate.