Pretty Little Liars Star Ryan Guzman Cast as Rio in Jem Movie


Jem The Movie has found its Rio Pacheco! Pretty Little Liars star Ryan Guzman has joined the upcoming Jem and the Holograms movie as the live-action version of the purple-haired hunk.

For everyone who didn't grow up in the 80's, Rio was the love interest for both music mogul/philanthropist Jerrica Benton and her rock star alter-ego Jem. In the original animated soap opera, Rio also served as a stage manager for pop sensation Jem and the Holograms. 

The film version will update the story and see a modern day teen become a singing celeb after her YouTube persona, Jem, blows up online. Perhaps musical skills will come into play for this incarnation of Rio, since he’s now played by a star from the Step Up film series. 

On the other hand, if the film keeps Rio unchanged, Guzman will look great with purple hair. The hunky rising star seems like a terrific casting coup!

 As previously announced, Aubrey Peeples of Nashville fame will play the dual role of Jem/Jerrica. Her Hologram band mates will be played by Stefanie Scott (Kimber), Aurora Perrineau (Shana) and Hayley Kiyoko (Aja).

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