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‘Jem and the Holograms’ Trailer Previews Contagious, Outrageous Adaptation


Universal Pictures has debuted the first trailer for “Jem and the Holograms,” director Jon M. Chu’s live-action reimagining of the 1980s animated series created by frequent comic book writer Christy Marx. Based on the trailer, it looks to reside in considerably more grounded territory than its source material — focusing on the path to music superstardom rather than holographic technology or cartoony action.

The film stars Aubrey Peeples (“Nashville”) as Jerrica Benton, a small-town girl who becomes an online recording sensation and sets off with her three sisters on a music-driven talent hunt across Los Angeles in an attempt to unlock a final message left by her father. Opening Oct. 23, “Jem and the Holograms” also stars Stefanie Scott as Kimber, Aurora Perrineau as Shana, Hayley Kiyoko as Aja, Ryan Guzman as Rio, Molly Ringwald as guardian Aunt Bailey and Juliette Lewis as Starlight Music record executive Erica Raymond.

Here’s the official description:

As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden. In Universal Pictures’ “Jem and the Holograms,” four aspiring musicians will take the world by storm when they see that the key to creating your own destiny lies in finding your own voice.


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  • flassh81

    So not Jem? Maybe this will be like the GI Joe movies. The first was absolute crap. The second was actually decent but only cause the first was such crap.

  • Brooklyn Grey

    As a fan of the original cartoon series, the general premise was perfectly fine as is. Why make a rehash of Pitch Perfect and slap the title of a cult classic on it? WOW…. I feel bad for this talented cast signing on and now being connected to such a stinker. lol

  • Gatekeeper offmalakir

    a sea of shit

  • Emma Ross

    Yeah, this is not the Jem you’re looking for. That anyone is looking for frankly. And the music is bloody awful.

  • Alexander K. Dumas

    this is definitely NOT Jem…I cannot believe this motherfucker Jon Chu, stole the title and created shit. This film is going to BOMB. It is so obvious. It was cheaply made nothing special about it. I will pray that after this film BOMBS…he gets fucking fired. I SWEAR TO GOD I HATE THIS MAN.

  • ShakenNotStirred

    I know! Let’s take Hanna Montana and rename it Jem and the Holograms!

  • Ben X. Trinh

    Truly… meh-rage-ous

  • Richard Bergstrom

    They made Jem into an emo-Disney poptart?

  • Roger Means

    movie was made for young girls anyways dont be so negative lol even the toons back in the day were meant for the females not for the gi joe and heman crowd lol so wtf you even moaning about.

  • ssj4jw

    The trailer just basically showed us whole plot of the movie.

  • Petit Colibri

    No Misfits? :(

  • Convoy

    No Synergy :(

  • Convoy

    While not a superhero, Jem was pretty fantastical. It’s funny because everyone says that there aren’t enough female heroes on the silver screen, and that women are into these big fantastical movies. What do they do? They take out the fantastical. This just goes to show how Hollywood really feels.

  • BigAl_81

    The funny thing is X-Men Apocalypse will probably end up resembling Jem more (Look at the 1st pic of Jean and Jubilee; tell me there ain’t a pseudo-Jem vibe being evoked there) than this Gen-Y tailored crapfest.

  • dswynne

    This has very little to do with the source material. Personally, they should have played it straight, and actually had a live action version set in the 1980s.

  • D

    So being forced to watch this when it was on TV….No holograms and no Synergy or earrings?

  • MisterWednesday

    How is it a Pitch Perfect rehash? Pitch Perfect is about a university a cappella group trying to win a regional competition. Jem’s plot is much more similar to Josie and the Pussycats (2001). In both movies, an all-female pop rock trio is formed and the lead singer’s popularity over the other members becomes a plot device.

  • April Lynne

    I am absolutely HORRIFIED by this. They took everything we grew up and loved about the show, stripped it like a cheap wh*re and slapped the name on a garbage sandwich and have the audacity to try to market it as ‘Jem’. There is NOTHING in this movie trailer that even remotely resembles what Jem was. The people who wrote and produced this should be ashamed of themselves. 2:29 seconds of my life I can never get back.

    In the original show (which is on Netflix, btw!) there were morals, and good solid character-building lessons. Yes it was an 80’s cartoon. Yes it was ‘campy’ as all hell. But for as much we all tend to crack jokes about how ‘outrageous’ the 80’s were, it was a magical time, man, and it was a great time to be a young person growing up. Jem was one of those shows that captured the imagination and gave young girls positive, female role models, fictional or not. Jerrica Benton inherited ‘Starlight House’ a foster home for orphaned girls, and the entire purpose behind her becoming Jem and taking over her father’s company Starlight Music, was to earn revenue to support the home and the girls so they didn’t wind up wards of the state and on the streets. She genuinely loved all of her foster girls, because she grew up around foster girls that her own mother and father adopted and raised her with.

    This piece of shit film is empty and devoid of any deep meaning or moral substance like the show had. I would be embarrassed to be involved in a movie like this. If I had been cast, I would have walked right the hell out after reading the script. I wish the actresses had. Maybe it would have stopped this monstrosity from being created.

  • Tighelander

    Months ago this woman on my Facebook list was excited by the producers call for video auditions, only to find out that it was a sham, and the cast had already been chosen.

  • aerm

    I love that everything I complained about when I watched it is exactly what everyone here is saying.

    This a Disney TV movie with the barest of similarities to the original premise. Why the hell would you bother calling this “Jem”? Why not just make a new property??

    No sci-fi (holograms). The music is solidly pop and not rock. No fun, over-the-top visuals are in it. No misfits. Jerrica and the girls are teens instead of 20s so the whole storyline of them supporting the next wave of Starlight girls is gone. Or the fact that she’s a successful business woman running her own company. Jerrica is now a gullible fool who drops her sisters for a fame that she apparently didn’t even want to begin with? Wth? Oh, and Rio’s hair is not purple. That’s the last straw.

    I’m fine with remakes and re-imaginings. Some work out and some don’t, but you always have the original that you liked. What I don’t understand is why on earth you would bother calling this “Jem and the Holograms.” It’s obviously targeted at a much younger audience and not the 80’s fans, so you’re not getting any sales from an established source (on top of the new fans). They probably had to pay a fee to use the name. WHY? So confused!

    At least the new comics are really good!

  • Tophman

    If I wrote the plot to “Jem & the Holograms”:
    1) Jerrica’s dad works as a practical effects engineer who specializes in extravagant stage spectaculars; he invents a prototype special effects system called “Synergy” before his untimely death;

    2) Jerrica suspects foul play and joined by her bff sisters, begins her investigation when she realizes that the earrings her dad gave her was a key component of Synergy (allowing its wearer to project ‘solid’ holograms);

    3) their investigation leads them to believe that the shady producer of the popular rock group called “The Misfits” was involved;

    4) using Synergy to hide their identities, she forms a band of her own with her sisters and becomes an instant Internet sensation, gaining the attention of the suspect producer;

    5) protecting their identities & Synergy while rocking out and having fun, the sisters ultimately find proof to bring their dad’s killer to justice;

    “Jem & the Holograms”, only in Tophman’s brain this summer!

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  • Christina

    I see nothing wrong with this premise. It would have been nice to incorporate more of the family background with the company belonging to Jerrica, etc. As far as Synergy, however, there is no way they could have put her in the movie. They placed this movie in modern day, post war on terrorism era. If something like Synergy was found out about the Government would have snatched her in five seconds and their career would never have gotten off the ground. Even in the cartoon Mr. Benton pointed out that if Synergy ever fell into the wrong hands the world would be in trouble, watching in horror as Synergy made holograms of huge armies march across his garage. In an 80’s cartoon they could get away with it. In a live action movie set in current times…it just wouldn’t fly. My main gripe is making Eric a chick. Otherwise I’m open to seeing how they run with it.

  • Spiridus

    So, Jem and the Holograms…without Holograms!! The most exciting thing about the cartoon was Synergy and seeing what she disguised with holograms. They may as well put it on the shelf along with Josie and the Pussycats remake.

  • Baxtersbay

    I think they just found the “rage” in outrageous. I was so afraid they were going to ruin Jem. Since this isn’t Jem, now I’m okay with it. This will pretty much guarantee that no other Jem movie is ever made and I’m fine with that, too.

  • LazyKaiju

    This is what happens when you don’t know anything about the material you’re adapting.

  • Jack Armondo

    No synergy? No holograms? No fantastical elements? then what’s the point.
    At least from what these preview images, trailer and descriptions convey, it seems like just your typical “band becomes famous” movie except with out of date fashion.
    Just prancing around with the JEM name.

  • He-Kal

    Yeah–this isn’t looking so great… They should have just set it in the 80’s and had all the magic of the original…

  • Pon_de

    This looks like absolute trash.

  • Zela

    Because Superhero movies with massive machinery and overpowered people who are allowed to roam free haven’t been dominating the box office? Because the US Government right now is cracking down on the very current use of holograms at music festivals?

    The hologram is actually the realistic part of Jem. It’s Jerrica’s many jobs that are unrealistic.

    Also, historically, in uncertain economic or social times fantasy movies or books have an upswing in popularity. We as a society want to escape realty, so we want fantastical problems being solved by heroes.

    So actual Jem would’ve been a great show to have at this moment because of what it was. High escapism that would’ve fit in with the current slate of superheroes, action stars and spies.

  • Furiosa21

    What the hell? That looks awful and cheap. Total garbage!

  • DaMak

    Well… Atleast no holograms. Synergy did get a mention

  • DaMak

    well… if you were involved, you might have been contracually obligated to finish this film.


    Besides that I AGREE with everything you said.

  • DaMak

    What he said

  • Thomas Anthony Borja

    i see what you did there :-D

  • Beetlejuice

    Nope. No. Nah. Nuh-uh. No. Nope.