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Meet Francesca Hayward, the Breakout Star in the 'Cats' Trailer

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After the Cats movie trailer was released on Thursday, social media users went crazy over everything from how scary the actors looked as cats to how small the animals were. 

The star-studded cast includes acting powerhouses like Judi Dench, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, and James Corden and some surprise hit singers like Taylor Swift and Jason Derulo. One of the biggest surprises in the Cats cast seemed to be Francesca Hayward, whose acting debut is announced at the end of the trailer. 

Francesca Hayward from Cats was classically trained as a ballerina.

Francesca was born in Kenya in 1992 and friends and family call her "Frankie." She moved to England with her father (she no longer sees her mother) when she was two to live with her grandparents in West Sussex. Soon after the move, she became interested in ballet, and danced at her local dance school. From the age of three onwards, she said she could not control herself from dancing.