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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