The reason why rockers and rappers often make good actors is because hitting the stage is in itself delivering a kind of performance. It’s the avenue where you’re given the opportunity to embody whatever persona you want, and sometimes it’s drastically different than the kind of person you are offstage. And that’s an interesting angle explored by the lead of “Jem & The Holograms” in the upcoming film. “She never wanted to pursue the big costumes, lots of makeup, all that stuff. But in a way it helps her hide and have the confidence to come out and be this persona,” actress Audrey Peeples told USA Today about her role as Jerrica, aka Jem. And now you can see her shine in the first trailer for the movie.
Stefanie Scott, Hayley Kiyoko, and Aurora Perrineau round out the rockin’ quartet in this latest big screen movie that takes a beloved childhood cartoon and punches it up to multiplex size. The Jon M. Chu (“Step Up” series, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”) directed movie certainly doesn’t try anything bold with the plot, as it chronicles the story of a little band trying to make it big…and also help Hasbro sell some toys while they’re at it. But if done right, this could fall into the “Pitch Perfect” or “Bring It On” category of modest, crowd-pleasing charmers. Here’s hoping.
“Jem & The Holograms” opens on October 23rd.