We missed the uproar earlier this year, over her casting as Shana in the upcoming “Jem and the Holograms” live-action movie adaptation – the animated TV series that ran from 1985 to 1988, which centered on a music company owner, her singer alter-ego Jem, her band the Holograms, and their adventures.
I’m not at all familiar with the animated series, but, from what I gathered, in short, the character she was cast to play (Shana) is supposed to be much darker than she is (the usual Hollywood #Colorism casting matter).
Filming on “Jem and the Holograms” is done (it’s in post-production currently), under the direction of Jon M. Chu (“G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” “Step Up 2: The Streets”), with a 2016 release date eyed.
The 20-year-old actress has joins the cast of the futuristic love story that stars Nicholas Hoult as a character named Silas who lives in a near-utopian future society free of greed, poverty, violence, and emotion, called The Collective, whose inhabitants are a new breed of humans called Equals. The peaceful world is disrupted when a new sickness called SOS (or Switched On Syndrome), which activates in its victims everything they thought they had escaped (depression, sensitivity, fear & love), starts infecting the people. Once a person is overtaken with SOS they are sent away to The Den and never seen again. Naturally Silas becomes infected, is shunned, and then meets Nia (played by Kristen Stewart) a fellow Equal, who apparently possesses emotion, but seems to be able to suppress her feelings. They of course fall in love, feeling intimacy for the first time in their lives, but… #Danger
You can come up with your own guesses on what happens afterward. But, really, I feel like I’ve seen this story unfold on screen in a number of other films. I assumed this was based on another YA novel (it sounds similar to other recent YA novel adaptations), but it looks like it’s actually an original script, written by Nathan Parker.
Drake Doremus (“Like Crazy”) is directing.
Aurora Perrineau will play a character named Iris, who’s described as a new mother whose baby is born crying, which is a sign the kid can feel those dreaded emotions that are anathema to the Equals.
Filming is set to start next month in Singapore and Japan.
Relatively new to acting, Aurora’s resume includes an appearance on the TV series “Pretty Little Liars,” as well as a role in the 2013 indie horror movie “A House Is Not a Home.”