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'Nashville' star Aubrey Peeples lands title role in 'Jem' movie

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Aubrey Peeples, who plays Layla Grant on ABC’s Nashville, landed the title role in the live-action adaptation of Jem and the Holograms, the 1980s cartoon and doll. Sources close to the production confirm the Hollywood Reporter‘s story that Peeples, 20, will star as Jerrica Benton, a teenage orphan with a rock-star alter-ego, Jem.

Playing Jem’s friends and members of her band will be Stefanie Scott (Jem’s sister Kimber), Aurora Perrineau (Shana), and Hayley Kiyoko (Aja).

No release date is set yet for the film, but production has already started. In the film, which is written by Ryan Landels and directed by Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Jem and the band go on an adventure across Los Angeles to follow the clues that might lead Jem and Kimber to their father.

In March, Chu and producers Scooter Braun and Jason Blum announced plans to crowdsource its casting process, and though professional actresses landed the leads, select fans who’ve expressed their passion for the character have already been invited to join the cast.