Peeples, who's already shown off her impressive pipes on the ABC country music series, is playing Jerrica Benton, a.k.a. Jem, the leader of the all-girl Holograms band. The group is rounded out by Stefanie Scott (Disney Channel's "A.N.T. Farm"), who's playing Jem's sister, Kimber; Aurora Perrineau ("Pretty Little Liars"), who's playing Shana; and Hayley Kiyoko ("The Fosters," Disney Channel movie "Lemonade Mouth"), who's playing Aja.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, this interpretation of "Jem" will tap into today's teenagers' online obsessions, with a slightly altered storyline "for a whole new generation with themes of being true to who you are in a multitasking, hyperlinked social media age." THR added that the film's storyline "centers on an orphaned teenage girl who becomes an online recording sensation. She and her sisters embark on a music-driven scavenger hunt -- one that sends them on an adventure across Los Angeles in an attempt to unlock a final message left by her father."
Director Jon M. Chu shared the first image of Peeples, Scott, Perrineau, and Kiyoko as their alter egos on the film's website, which shows that no matter how much the story may differ from the series, at least the actresses all look appropriately glammed up for the gig.
"Jem" is already shooting, and while no release date has been revealed so far, the fast-tracked nature of the project indicates that it could be hitting theaters relatively soon. We'll be eager to see if the movie will honor the series as much as its this promo photo indicates.
[via The Hollywood Reporter, h/t Slash Film]
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