Based on the 1980s animated series, “Jem and the Holograms” is hoping to replicate the big-screen success of fellow Hasbro properties “G.I. Joe” and “Transformers.”
One of the most unexpected film projects just nabbed a couple of well-known actresses to flesh out its cast. Molly Ringwald and Juliette Lewis have joined the cast of the upcoming “Jem and the Holograms,” though there is no word on what role either of them will be taking on.
Ringwald, in particular, is certainly an appropriate choice, considering she shares one major thing with Jem and her musical friends. Both became icons of the 1980s. “Jem and the Holograms” aired from 1985 to 1988, and like “G.I. Joe” and “Transformers,” the whole point of her show was to sell toys. Hasbro was a collaborator on all three shows.
Meanwhile, Ringwald was a member of the Brat Pack, starring in such ’80s classics as “The Breakfast Club,” “Sixteen Candles,” and “Pretty in Pink.” Lewis, on the other hand, did make appearances in various television series in the late ’80s, but she didn’t break through the mainstream until her role in 1991’s “Cape Fear.”
Lewis does have a rock-and-roll pedigree of her own, though, which could speak to the kind of role she might have in the film. She spent much of the 2000s heading up her band Juliette and the Licks, before breaking out as a solo act in 2009.
Blumhouse, Hasbro Co-Production “Jem and the Holograms” is directed by Jon M. Chu based on a screenplay by Ryan Landels and will be distributed by Universal. The film stars Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Hayley Kiyoko, Aurora Perrineau, Ryan Guzman, and Nathan Moore.
The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline was first to report the news.