It’s been quite a while since we got that very first look at the key characters of Jem and the Holograms, but another image just surfaced – a rather small one. The movie is based on the 1980s animated television series and features Aubrey Peeples as Jem, an orphan who becomes an internet sensation and goes on a music-driven scavenger hunt with her band, which includes Stefanie Scott as Kimber, Hayley Kiyoko as Aja and Aurora Perrineau as Shana.
That first image/character poster offered up a limited glimpse of each band member including some unique hair color and bold makeup choices, but based on this new Jem and the Holograms image, their style goes well beyond that. io9 caught a small image from the movie in Elle Magazine’s March 2015 issue and blew it up so we can check out their “candy-colored hair, leather miniskirts, and cutoff vests” in more detail.
I never watched the show, so can’t pass too much judgment on the photo, but it does seem like it’s going to be quite the challenge for director Jon M. Chu to sell this stuff, especially to moviegoers who aren’t familiar with the source material.
Jem and the Holograms doesn’t hit theaters until October 23rd, but if you want to check out some new material far sooner, there’s also an IDW Jem and the Holograms series hitting shelves in March. io9 caught an interview that the comic writer Kelly Thompson did with AdvocateSpotlight in which she revealed that the characters Kimber and Stormer are a couple. Here’s what she said:
“We are definitely having LGBTA+ characters. Jem was always really diverse, but it was of course a bit limited by the time period and by being a children’s cartoon. It’s only natural that a modern Jem includes additional diversity. Kimber and Stormer are indeed both out gay characters in the comic and as Tumblr will very excitedly let you know, we’re going to be exploring a romantic relationship between the two characters. We have some other plans for LGBTA+ characters as well but it’s still early days and we’re still figuring out how some things can fit together to tell the best possible story.”