Who would have guessed a Jem and the Holograms movie was possible. Now, it’s already filming and the cast has been revealed.
Aubrey Peeples, best known for her role on TV’s Nashville, will play Jem. Disney star Stefanie Scott is Jem’s sister Kimber, Aurora Perrineau from Pretty Little Liars is Shana and Hayley Kiyoko featured in Lemonade Mouth is Aja.
Jon Chu is directing this film from a script by Ryan Landels. The director posted a teaser photo of the full Jem and the Holograms movie cast. (Below)
Chu is producing along with Scooter Braun and Jason Blum. When they first announced the project, the trio put out an online call for talented actors/musicians and more. There seemed like a chance an unknown would be cast in a lead role. That obviously isn’t the case with Jem and her band.
At least two of the actresses have previously shown musical talent on screen. Peeples played a singer on Nashville and Kiyoko played a musician in the underrated Disney Channel Original Movie Lemonade Mouth. That makes them pretty spot on for this film, based on the cult classic '80s cartoon.
This version of Jem "centers on 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."
Chu is already shooting Jem, which suggests it could be in theaters early next year. Or it could go with some new media distribution plan too. We think the movie will be a far cry from the original animated series that aired in the 1980s. Now THAT'S truly outrageous.
[ via SlashFilm.com ]