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.