There’s a new trailer out for the upcoming Jem and the Holograms movie, and it looks like there are going to be some actual holograms after all–and a cute robot. The featurette frames it as a “prequel,” which explains Jem’s less-powerful stance in this film, though Jem does show considerably more backbone here than in the first trailer.
It is still framed as a “coming of age” movie and features tropes many of us will be familiar with: Finding yourself, family, and staying true to people you love. There is still an evil manager trying to reshape everyone. And there is a super-cute little robot. All of which means that while it doesn’t look like Jem and the Holograms is going to go into any new territory, it might be a decent addition to the familiar friendship/growing up films.
In Theaters October 23
Official Synopsis for Jem and the Holograms
As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden. In Universal Pictures’ Jem and the Holograms, four aspiring musicians will take the world by storm when they see that the key to creating your own destiny lies in finding your own voice.
Directed by Jon M. Chu (Step Up series, G.I. Joe: Retaliation), the musical adventure stars Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau, Hayley Kiyoko, Ryan Guzman, Molly Ringwald and Juliette Lewis. Jem and the Holograms, based on the iconic Hasbro animated TV series, is written by Ryan Landels and produced by Chu, Jason Blum for Blumhouse Productions, Scooter Braun for SB Projects, Bennett Schneir, and Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis of Hasbro Studios.