The first trailer for Universal’s film adaptation of ’80s cartoon “Jem and the Holograms” drew criticism back in May for dropping any trace of sci-fi fun, and instead presenting what looked like a standard, “Crossroads”-esque coming-of-age story with music stardom as a backdrop — basically, far short of truly outrageous.
The latest trailer switches gears at least a bit, introducing a robot named S1N3RG.Y, built by Jem’s late father — the movie’s version of Synergy, the hologram-projecting computer from the animated series, bringing the adaptation closer to the source material. There’s still a One Direction song in the trailer, though; either a positive or a negative depending on your perspective.
Directed by Jon M. Chu and starring Aubrey Peeples as Jem/Jerrica Benton, “Jem and the Holograms” is scheduled for release on Oct. 23.
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