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First Look at the Cast of ‘Jem and the Holograms’


Nashville actress Aubrey Peeples will star in Jem and the Holograms, director Jon M. Chu’s live-action adaptation of the 1980s animated series.

The announcement came today on the movie’s website accompanied by the first images of the cast (below), which also includes Stefanie Scott (Flipped) as Kimber, Hayley Kiyoko (Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster) as Aja and Aurora Perrineau (Pretty Little Liars) as Shana.

Produced by Hasbro, Marvel Productions and Rainbow Productions, the original animated series in syndication from 1985 to 1988, following the exploits of music-company owner Jerrica Benton, her pink wig-wearing singer alter ego Jem and her band the Holograms.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the PG-rated film centers on an orphaned teen who becomes an online recording star: “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.”

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  • Tohm Owen

    So where are the damn holograms!? ;)

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  • Steve

    What? No Misfits love? I wanna see some Clash!!!

  • Hate crime

    Dumbest idea ever!

  • Alessandro Arantes

    WTB Synergy


  • batGRRRl4ever

    The living AI Synergy with the technologically advanced hologram earrings was the hook that made the show unique, it was Christie Marx’s writing that was the icing on the cake. W/out the super earrings this movie is POINTLESS. NONE of her fans will want to see this.

  • Zero Sonico / Natch

    It’s basically Britney Spears’ Crossroads, but with pink hair.

  • Mike Dalton

    Their songs are better.

  • Johnny Zimmerman

    BOOOOOOOOO I hate when they bastardize something from my childhood, I think Gem might have given me my first boner. I also heard they’re doing a live action animated movie of ALF like the Smurfs. There’s just nothing from the 80’s the studios won’t piss all over to try and remake to pocket a few bucks, Haven’t they learned yet, 90% of the time the movie flops at the box office.

  • Todd

    Who are the Misfits? Rio? And if the big secret isn’t Synergy it’s not Jem.

  • Todd

    And please let Christy Marx at least look at the script!

  • Jeremy

    There better be a Jem duet with Tupac – otherwise that is a missed opportunity!

  • Georgina Quiñones

    Why can they just make a She-Ra or a Batgirl movie or Supergirl. They also used to be in the 80s and they were a success with girls I remember.

    But as long as there is pink and purple they know little girls will love it. I just wish parents show them more bad ass female characters.

    I do love Jem and the Holograms but I used to like She-Ra so much better and my girlfriends too and we all had the dolls and the horses and castle and we will kick ass because we used to play against the boys who were into Master of the Universe.

    I don’t think girls who like superheros characters are such a minority anymore is the industry that is making it more pink oriented stuff to make the girls look dumb sweet and nice and the boy tough and manly, is all a scam for the the future generations.

  • Norman J Miller

    let’s hold off on the Ban Hammer until we hear more on Plot and other Characters. Technology is here to pull it off. It can’t be worse than Josie and the Pussycats Movie. and the Retro Girl Thing is strong look at MLP and the others making comebacks.

  • ckbaker

    I’d like to think more like the female version of Power Rangers.

  • Conner Garry Sennett

    You don’t speak for everyone.

  • embarassed

    lol me and a friend in 5th grade used to draw orgy scenes featuring The Holograms.

  • Jérôme Cloutier

    And they’re going to get her.

  • batGRRRl4ever

    No, REALLY? How about “most of her fans will not want to see this”? Because w/out the earring hook it’s simply NOT the same thing at all other than the look. So are you just concerned with look over substance? You must not be much of a fan if simply the look is what is important but not anything involving the original characters backgrounds or story. But hey, they look the same, and that’s all that matters for you, yes?

  • Mondragon

    Where the frak is RAYA!!!!!

  • Mecha_the_Hedgehog

    Well at least it looks like Jem Ninja Turtles fans aren’t even getting that with its current reboot. Now if they leave out the Misfits and that hologram computer thing then they really fucked up.

  • smokinbarrel

    Maybe the scavenger hunt is FOR Synergy? After all, she was Jerica’s most important inheritance from her dad.

  • PretenderNx01

    Or Hannah Montana but the wig is pink instead of blonde. It depends on how they handle it but I could see an more intelligent Siri in Synergy and them taking on identities the way we all have avatars online.

  • PretenderNx01

    Hopefully this does well enough to lead to other female-centered properties being adapted.

  • Matt

    Jem totally predated HM, and in fact the writer of Jem was called in on some lawsuit over some guy who said he created the whole rock star/alter ego thing for HM… which clearly he didn’t…lol

  • Matt

    it doesn’t say that there won’t be the hook with Synergy and the earrings…maybe that’s what the scavenger hunt is for… or maybe that’s what leads to the scavenger hunt? But I agree– the farther you get from the source material, the worse shape you’re in…..

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  • Matt

    I’m more bothered by peach colored hair Kimber…

  • akkadiannumen

    Nice. Very nice.

  • akkadiannumen

    I’m a fan and I want to see this. :p

  • akkadiannumen

    If you like her so much you should learn how to spell her name, at the very least. :p

  • Schroeder Pete

    Per this, it sounds more like this is Episode 1 of the cartoon, when Jerrica finds the drive in, Synergy and Jem & the Holograms are “born?”

  • Alessandro Arantes

    Also, can anyone tell me why kimber is blonde?
    OK, ok, she’s Jerrica’s sister, Jerrica is blonde, their mom was blonde… but even so… if Aja and Shana can dye their hair, why can’t Kimber???

  • Alessandro Arantes

    Also… waaaait a second here…
    did anyone notice that the actress playing Shana is NOT african-american? Dafuq?

  • YoYoMa

    In the original series, Jerrica and friends were on a scavenger hunt to find the final message her father left her and sister Kimber (and adopted sisters Aja and Shana). The finally message was basically Synergy so I’m sure its in this live action version.

  • YoYoMa

    Her dad’s black and her mom’s white. Her dad was in the matrix and Lost. They usually get fair skinned ladies to play people color as they feel it is easier for the consumer to relate to. I’m not saying its right but that’s what they do in Hollywood. Just look at Halle Berry as Storm.

  • Alessandro Arantes

    But Halle Berry IS dark-skinned, even if she has a thin nose, chin, etc. If you look at other photos of the actress playing Shana you’ll see she’s white as snow white. That’s the issue, what will they doo, spray tan her to oblivion? that’s about as offensive as blackface.

  • True story

    This movie has gone further into production in 1 month than Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot has gone in 5 years.

  • viceroy

    I hope Glen Danzig is cast as the lead of the Misfits

  • LuckyRam

    You’re the dumbest idea ever…