It feels like just weeks ago a Jem and the Holograms movie was announced (oh, wait…it was just weeks ago.) Despite taking audition videos from all over, including one particularly good one that actually used songs from the cartoon, the producers went with (somewhat) known actors for the parts after all. In what will be her first major movie role, Nashville actress Aubrey Peeples has been cast as Jem a/k/a Jerrica Benton. The Holograms have also been cast: Stefanie Scott, (A.N.T. Farm) will play Jem’s sister, Kimber; Aurora Perrineau (Pretty Little Liars) will play Shana; and The Fosters‘ Hayley Kiyoko has been cast as Aja. No word yet on who will play Jem’s purple haired boyfriend Rio or Jem’s rival band The Misfits.
Jem will be produced by horror guru Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions with Scooter Braun Productions and directed by G.I. Joe Retaliation’s John M. Chu. This movie was announced on March 20th and is already shooting, even without a complete cast. It’s nice to know that Hasbro is putting the same time and money into producing this movie as they do with their movies centered around their toys aimed at boys from the same time period, like G.I. Joe and Transformers. It’s also nice to see so many female names are behind the scenes on this movie, which was based on a property aimed mostly at young girls. (Note: the last two sentences were sarcasm.)
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the script is said to revolve around “an orphaned teenage girl who becomes an online recording sensation. She and her sisters embark on a music-driven scavenger hunt — one that sends them on an adventure across Los Angeles in an attempt to unlock a final message left by her father.” I imagine the final message is going to be the artificial intelligence known as Synergy. If the producers cast RuPaul as Synergy, by the way, I will take back every snarky thing I’ve said in this article.
The movie already has a teaser poster, revealed on the official Jem Tumblr page. No release date has been given yet, but at this rate it’ll probably be hitting theaters this summer.