New photos have been revealed in preparation for the October 23rd release of “Jem and the Holograms”, the live-action adaptation of the 1980’s cartoon series and Hasbro toy line. While Hasbro owns the rights to the Jem name, there is no input from Chrissy Marx, the characters’ original creator. Jon M. Chu directed the film which stars Aubrey Peeples as the titular Jem, who is a small-town girl who catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar.
“In a hyper-linked social media age, an orphaned teenage girl, Jerrica “Jem” Benton, becomes an online recording sensation, and 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.”
In the 1985-1988 cartoon series, Jem was the musical alter ego of Jerrica Benton, the daughter of the founder of Starlight Music. When her father passes away, Jerrica soon learns of Synergy, a creation of her father’s, known for creating holographic images. Jerrica soon finds her destiny to become Jem and with the help of her friends, becomes a huge music star who finds herself and her band in a rivalry with The Misfits and their manager, former Starlight Music exec Eric Raymond. In addition, the series revolves around Starlight House, the orphanage Jerrica runs.
Hayley Kiyoko plays guitarist Aja Leith, Aurora Perrineau plays drummer Shana Elmsford, and Stefanie Scott plays Jem’s sister Kimber. Ryan Guzman plays tech roadie Rio Pacheco, who falls for Jem and Jerrica, not knowing they are one in the same. Juliette Lewis and Molly Ringwald co-star in the film as well. Ringwald plays Mrs. Bailey, an ally of Jem’s while Lewis plays Erica Raymond, the villain of the film. The film will also feature cameos from Samantha Newark and Britta Phillips, who were the talking and singing voices of Jem in the original cartoon.
Check out the photos below as “Jem as the Holograms” is set for release on October 23.