The original Jem and the Holograms cartoon told the story of Jerrica Benton, the owner of record label Starlight Music, turned into the eponymous pop star Jem with the aid of a holographic computer built by her father. With three bandmates, Jerrica releases hit single "Truly Outrageous," battles rival supergroups The Misfits and The Stingers, and uses her dad's holograms to dress like the spawn of Alice Cooper and a pink highlighter pen. The first trailer for the movie adaptation, shown by Universal Pictures today, keeps Jerrica and her double life as Jem, but changes almost everything else.
Jerrica's no longer in charge of Starlight Music — instead, she's a shy singer turned reluctant star after her sister, Kimber, posts a video of an acoustic performance on YouTube. Her foes aren't pop groups and burly men with skull tattoos, but the alienating problems of stardom and celebrity. And, crucially given the movie's title, there's no hologram computer. Where cartoon Jem had her glam-ification machine project new features and clothes onto her, the movie's Jerrica simply paints her face with Ke$ha-esque streaks of pink glitter. We'll get to find out just how far the movie does stray from Jem canon later this year — it premieres in December.