The Jem and the Holograms adaptation is fast coming together with two new actresses signing up for the movie – Juliette Lewis and Molly Ringwald. They’ve come on late as the Universal and Hasbro movie is already shooting in LA. under the direction of Jon M. Chu.
Aubrey Peeples is playing Jerrica, a young orphan who becomes a rock star named Jem, with the help of some high-tech earrings and her best friends (Stefanie Scott (Kimber), Aurora Perrineau (Shana) and Hayley Kiyoko (Aja)). Ryan Guzman is set to be Rio, the Holograms’ manager and Jem’s love interest.
It’s not clear who Juliette Lewis or Molly Ringwald will play, although there’s some speculation they’ll be members of the evil Riot Girl band, which is led by Phyllis “Pizzazz” Gabor, a spoiled child living off her dad’s money and trying to upstage Jem every chance she gets.
It would be particularly fitting for Lewis, as she fronted her own band Juliette and the Licks until 2009, before going solo.
The film’s due out next year.