Yesterday, it was announced that Juliette Lewis had joined this adaptation of the popular Hasbro cartoon and toy line from the 80s. Her role is being kept a secret as well, and it was speculated that she may be playing Jem's artificially intelligent fairy godmother/hologram, Synergy. That is looking less likely with Molly Ringwald now coming on board. Both are a perfect fit for The Misfits, an evil Riot Girl band lead by Phyllis "Pizzazz" Gabor, a spoiled child living off her dad's money and trying to upstage Jem every chance she gets. Juliette Lewis herself is a musician, leading the hard rocking Juliette and the Licks until 2009, when she broke up the band and went solo.
As of yet, no official casting announcements have been made for The Misfits. Will they be a group of aging riot girls jealous of Jem's recent success? The storyline follows Jem and her orphan friends as they become a viral sensation on the Internet, following in the footsteps of Justin Bieber.
Aubrey Peeples is playing Jerrica, a young orphaned girl who is transformed into a rock star named Jem with the help of her best friends, and a pair of high-tech earrings. The rest of the Holograms are being played by Stefanie Scott (Kimber), Aurora Perrineau (Shana) and Hayley Kiyoko (Aja). Ryan Guzman is playing Rio, the Holograms' manager and Jem's love interest, and Nathan Moore is portraying the thug Zipper, who works for the manager of the Holograms' rival band, The Misfits.
Jon M. Chu will direct from Ryan Landels' screenplay, with Jason Blum producing through his Blumhouse Productions company alongside Scooter Braun and Hasbro's Brian Goldner, Bennett Schneir and Stephen Davis.
A teen queen of the 80s known for such seminal hits as Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, Molly Ringwald most recently appeared in the ABC Family Drama The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
Jem and the Holograms comes to theaters in 2016 and stars Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Hayley Kiyoko, Aurora Perrineau, Ryan Guzman, Nathan Moore, Juliette Lewis, Molly Ringwald. The film is directed by Jon M. Chu.