With such a beloved classic cartoon turning into a live-action film, there's always going to be some concern expressed by fans, and Jem and the Holograms is no different. But director Jon M. Chu knew what he was up against when he took on the highly anticipated project.
Transitioning from cartoon to live-action is a tough undertaking, but Chu knew the questions he had to ask before embarking on his new film. "There is a shift when you change the medium, so how do you ground this?" he asks in an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look. "How do you relate to her?"
The movie's cast, which includes Molly Ringwald, Aubrey Peeples and Hayley Kiyoko, gives E! News inside details about what fans can expect from the forthcoming movie and why fans will be able to relate it.
"Thesee characters are real people who are dealing with real issues that young people deal with all the time now," Chu explains.
Despite the story following a singer's journey as she rises to fame overnight, viewers will be able to connect with the movie's theme about family.
"It's about family," Kiyoko reiterates. "That's what's special about the band is, that they are sisters."
Because this movie serves as a prequel, it focuses more on Jem/Jerrica Benton's "rise to fame" and how she handles it, Peeples reveals in the clip.
"Jem becomes a symbol of being who you are and going after your dreams," Kiyoko says. "It becomes a powerful movement."
Although fans have seen the first trailer for the film already, the video above takes an even closer look at what they'll see on the big screen come Oct. 23. With even more scenes and extended looks, viewers will get more than they could have ever imagined from this movie.
"I can guarantee you that there's going to be a lot of pink. Nobody will be disappointed with the hair, makeup and the fashion," Peeples teased to E! News earlier this year. "We had a lot of different performance looks, each one is truly outrageous. I look at pictures and I can't believe that's me. It's so weird."
Get some more Jem scoop on tonight's E! News at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.
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