By Helen Regan
May 13, 2015

Universal has debuted the first trailer for its live-action adaptation of 1980s animated show Jem and the Holograms.

The movie is based on the beloved colorful cartoon about a record manager Jerrica Benton who, when her father dies, inherits a holographic computer known as Synergy that allows her to adopt an alter ego called Jem and become a famous rock star along with her friends.

Instead of the glitter and glam of ’80s rock, the movie has been updated to the present day and follows the story of a small-town girl (Aubrey Peeples) who lives an ordinary life until her sister Kimber (Stefanie Scott) posts a video of her singing to YouTube and she is catapulted to stardom. Along with her three sisters, they become the modern-day Jem and the Holograms.

Directed by Jon M. Chu (Step-Up, G.I. Joe), the film also stars Molly Ringwald, Aurora Perrineau, Hayley Kiyoko, Ryan Guzman and Juliette Lewis.

Jem and the Holograms hits theaters December 2015.

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