EXCLUSIVE: The live-action Jem And The Holograms movie is getting a little more truly outrageous with the addition of Oscar-nominated actress and rocker Juliette Lewis. Production is already underway in Los Angeles on the music-driven film, based on Hasbro’s 1980s animated series about a young woman who transforms into a pop star with the help of her besties and a pair of high-tech earrings.
Jon M. Chu (Step Up 2, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) is directing the modern Jem for Universal and the main cast has been set, with Aubrey Peeples as Starlight Music owner/manager Jerrica Benton aka Jem, Stefanie Scott as Kimber, Aurora Perrineau as Shana, Hayley Kiyoko as Aja, and Ryan Guzman as Rio.
Plot of the Universal pic sends online music sensation Jem and her Holograms on a musical adventure across Los Angeles. Lewis’s supporting role is being kept under wraps, so fans can speculate away on who she’ll play. Suffice it to say Lewis has singing chops and rock star experience, having fronted her band Juliette and the Licks until 2009 before going solo. Aside from the main Holograms band members, the supporting cast has yet to be revealed, including who will play Jem’s omnipresent AI fairy godmother/holographic computer Synergy.
Lewis appeared in last year’s Oscar-nominated August: Osage County and stars on ABC’s new midseason series Secrets & Lies opposite Ryan Phillippe. She’ll also be seen in upcoming indies Kelly & Cal and Hellion. Jem And The Holograms is produced by Chu, microbudget maestro Jason Blum for Blumhouse Productions, Scooter Braun for his SB Projects, Hasbro’s Brian Goldner, Hasbro Studios’ Stephen Davis, and Bennett Schneir. Ryan Landels wrote the script. Universal and Hasbro are jointly backing the film, which Uni will distribute worldwide. Lewis is repped by United Talent Agency and Untitled Entertainment.