'Jem and the Holograms' Trailer Introduces the Robot Synergy

Jem and the Holograms Still - H 2015
Justina Mintz

Jem and the Holograms Still - H 2015

Synergy reminds Jem that family is the most important thing.

Jem and the Holograms’ road to stardom gets a little weird in the latest trailer for the film.

The first trailer for Jem and the Holograms was grounded with handheld cameras documenting the rise of musician Jerrica Benton (Aubrey Peeples), who uses the alias Jem to hide her true identity. Universal Pictures’ second trailer gets a little bit more sci-fi, introducing Jem’s robotic companion, Synergy.

The droid resembles Star Wars’ ball droid BB-8, with a personality akin to the alien robot Echo from the family film Earth to Echo. The futuristic, albeit janky, projector will keep the superstar grounded by reminding her of the importance of family and of who Jem really is.

In the cartoon, Synergy was a synthesizer-computer hybrid, also built by Jerrica’s father. It was responsible for concealing Jerrica’s identify by projecting the holographic persona of Jem onto her, and it also created the other bandmates' costumes.

Director Jon M. Chu’s film stars Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Hayley Kiyoko and Aurora Perrineau. Molly Ringwald, Juliette Lewis and Ryan Guzman round out the cast.

Jem and the Holograms has a release date of Oct. 23. Check out the trailer below.