/jem-and-the-holograms-movie-announced-with-director-jon-m-chu/Yesterday, it was announced that G.I. Joe Retaliation director Jon M. Chu will be making a live-action Jem and the Holograms movie with Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions (Insidious, The Purge) and music mogul Scooter Braun producing. They asked fans to get in on the fun by sending submissions of all kinds. They are looking for casting ideas, audition tapes, costume designs, and even music proposals. We thought we'd contribute by casting the movie ourselves, as we are big fans of this 80s animated series and toy line from Hasbro. And of course, we start with Jem, who can only be played by Jennifer Lawrence. Seriously, is there any one else? Take a look at our first cast proposal to the makers of Jem and the Holograms.
1Jennifer Lawrence as Jem/Jerrica Benton
Jem isn't just some throwaway cartoon. It has some of the best writing seen on 80s afternoon television, and was often more than just a 30 minute commercial for toys. It tackled some weighty issues, and aside from looking just like her, we know Jennifer Lawrence can bring some gravitas to this character. Guess what, she's also a pretty good siger, as evidenced in the final moments of The Last House on the Left. Jem is the leader of the Holograms and provides the lead vocals. Jennifer Lawrence will have no problem doing the same.
2Brie Larson as Kimber Benton
Kimber is Jerrica's younger sister and the primary songwriter of the Holograms. Kimber is also responsible for the keyboards, synthesizers, and backup vocals for the band. Before she was an actress, Brie Larson was a singer, and continues to contribute to the craft as an accomplished musican. She also looks enough like Jennifer Lawrence to convincingly play her sister, though she's two years older. If you need any further evidence why Brie Larson needs to be Kimber, just go back and watch her in Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World. Her character was molded after Jem and the Holograms. And if Jennifer Lawrence isn't up to the task, being a respected Oscar winner and all, Brie could very nicely slide right into the vacated Jerrica role.
3Bingbing Fan as Aja Leith
Aja is an Asian American foster girl who grew up with the other Holograms at Starlight House. She is the lead guitarist and backup vocals for the Holograms. While Bingbing Fan isn't striving to be the next big pop star, her looks and additude in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past prove that she has what it takes to make this character sing. She's the true definition of a Hologram.
4 Yaya DaCosta as Shana Elmsford
Shana is an African American foster girl who grew up with Kimber, Jerrica and Aja at Starlight House and was the second child to be adopted by the Benton's. Shana provides the synth drums, is bass guitarist, and sings backup vocals for the group. Despite Shana's shy demeanor she eventually became good friends with the other girls. Is there anyone else who can bring the needed funky spunk to this punk rock role? An American fashion model, Yaya looks like she stepped right out of the cartoon.
5Alexa Vega as Carmen 'Raya' Alonso
Raya is the Mexican American drummer of the Holograms and one of the back-up singers. Quiet, kind and unassuming, Raya won the position of drummer for the Holograms during a nationwide talent search, beating close competitor Craig Phillips in a drum duel. After serving time on the Spy Kids circuit, Alexa Vega made quite a name for herself as a pop singer. Like the other girls, she brings the right punk rock attitude that a great adaptation of this material deserves.
6Miles Teller as Rio Pacheco
Jerrica's long-time childhood friend and boyfriend, Rio plays a Mal Evans-like role as a road manager and engineer for the Holograms. He loves Jerrica, but has a crush on Jem, which evolves into something deep and crazy. While there are plenty of young actors who could take on this role, Miles Teller brings the right kind of gritty charm. And he looks just like the character. Plus, he already has a history with Brie Larson from their time spent working on The Spectacular Now that would bring some added dramatic weight.
Those are our choices. What do you think?