Hollywood is in a remake frenzy, and one of the next projects on its plate is the 2015 live-action adaptation of the popular animated series, “Jen and the Holograms.” Director Jon M. Chu (“Step-Up 2: The Streets,” “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never”) is revamping the original story of a secretive pop star named Jerrica (Aubrey Peeples) for the YouTube generation. After one of their songs goes viral, Jerrica and her sisters, Kimber (Stefanie Scott), Aja (Hayley Kiyoko) and Shana (Aurora Perrineau), are whisked away to L.A. to become pop stars.
Here are four things to watch for in the newly released teaser trailer:
1. Jem And The Holograms First Hit It Big On YouTube
This is probably one of the biggest departures from the original show so far revealed, but that’s because the ‘80s series relied more on platforms like MTV to get Jem’s music out. It’s probably worth noting Chu formerly worked with Bieber who enjoyed a similar rocket to fame after videos of his singing went viral.
2. Juliette Lewis Rocks Again
Real life rocker Juliette Lewis plays against type as the corporate boss who remakes the indie girl group into a polished performance group. Since this is the start of the Jem’s story, Lewis’ character Erica Raymond (Eric Raymond in the animated series) will play a villainous music executive in command of Starlight Music.
3. Live-Action Movie Will Keep The Rad Face Makeup
Although many fans have voiced their displeasure at the trailer’s lack of ‘80s vibes, the trailer at least shows Jem and the Holograms holding true to their iconic face paint that borrowed heavily from the punk scene of the era and movies like 1982’s “Ladies and Gentleman, the Fabulous Stains.”
4. Synergy Name-drop!
It will be curious to see how the movie incorporates the computer program Jerrica uses to create her pop star identity, Jem. At the 1:57 mark of the trailer, Jerrica can be seen touching her earring (how she activates Synergy in the cartoon) and says, “It’s show time, Synergy.”
“Jem and the Holograms” will open in theaters Oct. 23, 2015.
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