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Jem and the Holograms Casts Step Up Star As Rio

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Jon M. Chu’s Jem and the Holograms film recently announced the ladies who’d be taking on the iconic lead roles but now we know who’s playing their road manager, Rio Pacheco. Step Up Revolution/Pretty Little Liars star Ryan Guzman will have to perfect his crushing on two girls who are really the same person. Well, if they even go with that ridiculous part of the plot. There’s a small video on the official Jem tumblr of Guzman expressing his excitement for the role.

Meanwhile, a petition on Change.org has popped up since the Holograms casting, asking Chu to cast a darker skinned actress for the role of Shana. The role is being played by mixed-race actress Aurora Perrineau.

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” (TheNerdyBird.com). She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."