This Friday marks the premiere of the much-anticipated film “Jem and the Holograms,” based on the cult cartoon favorite from the 1980s. Directed by Jon M. Chu, the film stars Aubrey Peeples as Jem and Stefanie Scott, Hayley Kiyoko and Aurora Perrineau as her band members.
The film adaptation is a prequel, and it's about the band's journey to success. Transported to modern times, this version of Jem is a sensitive songwriter who becomes an Internet sensation overnight after her sister uploads one of Jem's original songs online without her knowing. The rest of the film follows her and her band as they navigate the world of record labels that want to capitalize on Jem and the Holograms' success and turn them into the next big thing. As they're being pulled in different directions, the girls have to figure out who they ultimately want to become.
“Jem stands for a generation of people who are fearless and creative,” Chu told USA Today.
The film co-stars Juliette Lewis, “Pitch Perfect’s” Hana Mae Lee and Molly Ringwald.
Jon M. Chu is a director who first made his mark directing dance films. He was behind the hit films “Step Up 2: The Streets” and “Step Up 3,” as well as the web series “Legion of Extraordinary Dancers.”
In 2013, Chu directed the sequel “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” starring Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. He has also directed multiple Justin Bieber concert documentaries: 2011’s “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” and 2013’s “Justin Bieber’s Believe.”