‘Jem and The Holograms’ Movie Casts Its Leads

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As proof that absolutely any beloved children’s property from the 1980s can be rebooted in live-action, the cartoon series Jem and The Holograms – following a girl and her band of best friends as they experiment with stardom and holographic projection – is currently in production, led by director John M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation). Production has moved ahead with surprising speed, and fans now know which actresses will be bringing the characters to life.

It was assumed that given the requirements of the leading lady, the actress playing Jem would have some musical background – a notion now proven with the casting of Aubrey Peeples, hot off her run on ABC’s Nashville. Frankly, we would think her performance in Syfy’s Sharknado deserves just as much credit, but her TV resume as a whole is nothing to scoff at, with significant experience both in the spotlight and behind the microphone (assuming she can swap country for pop).

The rest of her Holograms (as reported by THR) are being entrusted to a number of young actresses who may give a better sense of the PG-rating and attitude the finished film will be seeking. Playing the part of Jem/Jerrica’s little sister Kimber will be Stefanie Scott (Disney’s A.N.T. Farm), with Aurora Perrineau (Pretty Little Liars) as Shana, and Hayley Kiyoko (The Fosters, Wizards of Waverley Place) rounding out the group.

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At first glance, the director of the most recent action-packed G.I. Joe film may seem like an odd choice to bring a property like Jem to life, even if the two do share a similar origin as a 1980s cartoon series. However, Chu has explained that the film is meant to be a much smaller affair than his other big-budget work, specifically done in the downtime between Retaliation and the still-planned G.I. Joe 3.

Since the original fiction doesn’t quite fit the idea of a slimmed-down production, some liberties are being taken in adapting the series for a modern audience (bad news for those hoping to see holographic earrings transform Jem from girl into glam). To begin with, Jem won’t owe her success to any sci-fi wizardy, but good old-fashioned YouTube views. Online success with her vocals takes her into the world of stardom, and we can only assume that the other girls (including her kid sister) come along to share in the spotlight, the struggle, and the inevitable lessons learned.

Going by the first official images of the actresses in costume, Chu is giving a clear image of the style he has in mind. Take a look:

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It’s hard to know if there will be any overlap between older fans of the cartoon and those who find the new film appealing, but who knows: a successful adaptation may just give aging genre fans yet another popular franchise they can claim to be ‘expert’ on for a new generation. If nothing else, it will be interesting to see how Chu moves from one 80s cartoon to the other.

What do you Jem fans think of the casting? Do you think a film based on the series can succeed if the audience its targeting isn’t familiar with the original series? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Source: THR, JemTheMovie.com

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  1. I was really hoping SR wouldn’t report on this film but c’est la vie.

    Saw this poster and cast announcement a few days ago and figured “SR wouldn’t be interested, would they?” then remembered the handful of people who actually enjoy stuff like this might be visiting.

    Thank god you didn’t post the audition video Chu had last month with fan submissions of people singing, dancing and trying to convince him why they should be cast in the film.

    • This is a movie website. That is a MOVIE. Do you get the connection now?

    • This site is not only here to please you….if you dont wanna know about it then dont clic on it…problem solved….

  2. I smell body glitter

    • Enough to make Steven Tyler say “woah, man, you’ve snorted way too much glitter, I think you should maybe slow down a little”?

  3. So magic ear rings are being replaced by YouTube? Not that I was really holding out any hope for this movie, but that’s just stupid.

    • I don’t know much about this cartoon series, but I agree. Chu just threw away it’s distinguishing factor.

    • I admire your comedy chops. I don’t usually laugh out loud when reading stuff online, but you hit the spot. Replace magic earrings with YouTube is more stupid. Okay.

  4. Dumbest movie idea, ever.

    • Yep, they’re not even real holograms. We have a Tupac hologram, why not here too?

      God, I’m turning into Goldilocks in my old age. Maybe I’ll feel a little better after a healthy dose of Netflix and some sleep.

  5. Is this like when they tried making Bratz into a movie?

  6. That picture of Peeples at the top totally looks like Paris Jackson.

  7. I know nothing about this cartoon but it’s obvious it’s going to be a movie for little girls so I won’t comment. But they’re supposed to be making a Barbie movie too. Girl Power I suppose.

  8. s***** cast.

  9. I have a feeling that this movie will be directed at new fans as well as the old fans. So, where is my Heathcliff movie? Hmm…

    I hope this does well and is good, otherwise more complaining about not enough female super-heroes is on the way.

  10. I wouldn’t mind watching this movie if I was promise a lesbian scene. ;)

    • HAHAHA!

  11. Jesus fu*king Christ, let the eighties die already…

    • Maybe change your name before you post that comment lol.

    • “YOU DON’T SAY THAT!”

      • …That’s BLASPHEMY!!! … The 1980′s were the greatest time in motion picture history.

  12. its gonna be a modern movie. they aint doing the 80s thing. i wont see it cause i aint into musical movies but there is a demographic for it though i wonder if all that died out with highschool musical and those other music movies. but probably not.

    • My sister was a huge HSM fan. She’s more interested in borrowing my horror movies now though.

  13. Very appropriate choice, an actress no one has ever heard of for an adaptation of a show no one has ever heard of.

    • I loved “Hollywood Jem” as a little girl. Don’t think this movie will do it justice, but I will see it since it was my favourite cartoon.

  14. We better be getting He-Man or Flash Gordon the same weekend to show men rule the box office once and for all.

  15. If “absolutely any beloved children’s property from the 1980s can be rebooted in live-action” is true…Where are the Dinoraides? or Visionaries? or maybe The Centurions movies?….not to mention ThunderCats…

    • Dinoriders*

    • After they’ve raped Voltron and Silverhawks and She-Ra to death, you can be sure they’ll get to Centurions, Dinoriders, et al.

      • You know, I would for one love to see these properties done right. The problem and “rape” your talking about is the fact that studios have ZERO respect for the properties themselves, and only respect $$$. This is cash grab if I’ve ever seen one. Spend a couple million making a piece based off a nostalgic 80s property which will guarantee people in their seats opening night. Make multimillions off it it because of the excitement. Critics bash it, fans find out it was complete trash and the movie is relegated to the $5 barrel at Wal-Mart within 6 months.

        All this will happen to the other properties unless the studios stop being capitalist pigs and realize that the better the film, the more residual revenue they’ll receive in the end. Sure, it’ll be more expensive as the best directors and writers cost more, but it will only serve the property well. Studio execs are pigs and idiots. They have no respect for the medium we call “film” anymore.

      • You know, I would for one love to see these properties done right. The problem and r a p e your talking about is the fact that studios have ZERO respect for the properties themselves, and only respect $$$. This is cash grab if I’ve ever seen one. Spend a couple million making a piece based off a nostalgic 80s property which will guarantee people in their seats opening night. Make multimillions off it it because of the excitement. Critics bash it, fans find out it was complete trash and the movie is relegated to the $5 barrel at Wal-Mart within 6 months.

        All this will happen to the other properties unless the studios stop being capitalist pigs and realize that the better the film, the more residual revenue they’ll receive in the end. Sure, it’ll be more expensive as the best directors and writers cost more, but it will only serve the property well. Studio execs are pigs. They have no respect for the medium we call “film” anymore.

  16. As a young boy, I was def. a closet fan of this show. I’m not ashamed to admit it. I play guitar so musically, it was cool back then.

    Anyhow, if looks are ANY indication, they did a HORRIBLE job casting JEM at least, and also the red head. Why not CAST A REDHEAD!? How stupid are you, Chu? I cannot believe this guy gets any Hollywood jobs after all his plastic-looking movies and CGI romp-fests. Seriously, how do you as a studio go into this thinking, “hmmm so which director would be awesome for this job”…”oh how about that guy who did GI Joe, was a REAL hit at the box office”. Why make a movie if people will forget it right after they go to see it? I do not understand the business tactics of studios anymore. Look at Star Wars and Indiana Jones and Lord of the Rings. These people CONTINUE to buy these movies at record prices I’m sure, years and years after they were made. Why? Because not only are they good movies, but the studio ensured that time and talent were taken to make them the best they could be. GI JOE might as well have been a straight to DVD release. It’s on par with Sharknado and anyone who tries to defend it as otherwise has ZERO taste or film analysis skills.

    Now this movie will suck, thanks Chu.

    • Completely agree with Ian

  17. Not going to watch. This was some gross white washing in the cast.

  18. -M.A.S.K.
    -Thundercats
    -Silverhawks
    -Bionic 6
    -Gobots

    …but nooooo Chu wants to do Jem.

    • OK, wait a second. You’re really that lost about this? It seems pretty clear to me they chose Jem because they wanted to hit the “young girls from the ’80s” demographic, and hit the girls from the current generation as well.. All that other stuff you listed is highly targeted at boys and men who used to be boys.

      • @Ken

        If you look at the onset photos there is exactly ‘zero’ eighties inspired themes presented for this movie. The JEM cartoon was full of big hair, color, and diversity. Apparently Chu’s version is JEM copying the MISFITS, and everything is ‘dark’ and gloomy.

  19. I really am disappointed about the replacement of Synergy with youtube and also about the cast, especially the casting of Shana. It may not seem much to people, but to see dark skinned Shana with her natural frizzy afro in this totally cool band meant a lot, even if she wasn’t a main character. Yeah, you could argue that the actress’s father is black, the fact that I had to go google this shows how the casting is terrible. So disappointed.

  20. Besides stripping any value the original source had, the white-washing, the crowd source fiasco, and disregarding the CREATOR OF JEM UNTIL THE LAST MOMENT (after fans contacted her); this movie is just three dude bros. vision to grab a property no one else was thinking about but certainly could have done better than this. The cast is indeed terrible and so are the costumes. It looks like they told the girls to “Bring your own junk to wear because we can’t afford to clothe you.”

    I don’t mind modernization, but this isn’t just modernized it is an entirely different concept with the word “JEM” tacked onto it as an after thought. They could have called it “Glitter Girl Group” for all I care and have the audience muse, “this reminds me of JEM”, but no, they didn’t they wanted the property just for the sake of the name and ownership. You know how much trouble it is to do a reboot or fan movie when someone else owns the movie rights?

    Aging fans, such as myself, would have appreciated this concept of a movie if the MEN working on it had considered how important it was to the fandom and to a female audience. There were no consultants on this movie and apparently it was shot within a months time… this has cheap written all over it.

  21. Well I’m a little behind on this but am a huge fan and this is ridiculous. Saying the earrings will be replaced by Youtube doesn’t even make any sense. That’s the biggest part of her costume – it’s what she uses to transform. So does this mean there will be no transforming? Will she be wearing the earrings at all?? If that’s the case than it will be a huge disappointment. How does Peter Parker become Spiderman without being bitten by a radioactive spider??!! Sounds like it will just be a regular band getting famous off of Youtube like normal artists these days – doesn’t sound special at all AND no holographic stuff?? It’s called Jem and The Holograms… In this day and age of technology? Really? You can get holographic keyboards now for crying out loud and that’s real it’s not special effects. Sounds to me like it won’t have anything magical about it and that’s what Jem is – she’s majic! Ugh I’m so upset! Rant over.

  22. I grewup on Jem and the Holograms but they totally mess this movie up already first off Shana was an African American in the group, second on the cartoon version Shana played the drums first then when Raye came in the group she played the bass guitar. And third there’s no such person as Erica Raymond unless that’s Eric Raymond’s sister and I don’t recall him mentioning a sister in the cartoon version though. Who plays the Misfits? I have heard that there won’t be any Misfits, plus I wouldn’t be surprised if the Misfits would be the male version of Prizazz, Roky and Stormer. And Kimber and Stomer get together.

    • its a wonderful idea, and they are already messing it up completely. i wish i could shoot my own Jem movie.

  23. No offense to the girl cast to play shana, but im truly unhappy with the choice. there are many beautiful darker skinned black natural woman that can sing and act, and you chose to cast a litter skinned half black girl. all the characters match the cartoon except her and i think its a horrible choice.