1980s animated TV mainstays G.I. Joe and The Transformers have been adapted into movie franchises, followed by a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, with other titles like Masters of the Universe in development. Thus, the upcoming Jem and the Holograms, based on the animated series which ran from 1985 to 1988, seemed almost inevitable.
Centered on the adventures of the titular music group, the film stars Aubrey Peeples (Nashville) as Jem a.k.a. Jerrica Benton, a small town girl who becomes an overnight viral sensation, takes on the identity of pop star Jem, and forms the Holograms with her friends. Fans of the animated series took issue with the way director Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) departed from the source material, as evidenced in the film’s first trailer.
In the animated series, Jem was a holographic persona Jerrica Benton used to conceal her identity and that of her friends in the band as they went up against their musical group nemeses The Misfits and The Stingers. Jen and the Holograms seems poised to function more as an origin story and potentially set up a franchise where the core aspects of the original show can appear down the line.
As an exploration of Jem’s origins, one of the key elements of the film will be the group’s original tunes. Now, we have a look at the music video for the original song “Youngblood,” courtesy of the film’s Twitter page. Take a look at the video above.
The second trailer for Jem and the Holograms hit many of the same beats as the first one, but included a few more details about Jerrica/Jem’s relationship with her father and a long look at the robot Synergy, an element from the animated series which is sure to play some larger role in the overall plot. Still, expect the light sci-fi aspects to be played down as Jem’s struggle with her new dual identity takes center stage.
This short music video is really a montage of the trailers’ more upbeat footage. Jem and the Holograms definitely has a specific demographic in mind, but if audiences embrace this origin story, despite the deviations from the animated show, then this could present an interesting platform for future entries, which might embrace the “truly, truly, truly outrageous.”
Jem and the Holograms opens in U.S. theaters on October 23rd, 2015.