Space Jam is finally getting a sequel with Lebron James taking over from Michael Jordan as the lead for the film.
If you like Looney Tunes and/or are a huge basketball fan who’d mark the heck out for Michael Jordan during the 90s, then you probably may have heard of Space Jam. It might not have been a mega blockbuster when it dropped, but it was a bit of a trendsetter back at the time. And now, after more than 25 years, it’s finally getting a sequel with Lebron James taking over from Michael Jordan as the lead for the film.
Though given how popular the film became back then, one would have to wonder why it took so long for the sequel to be announced, much less released by now. Still, no time like the present right?
Even so, there’s still so much about the film that we have no clue about. But what we do have is some nitty-gritty tidbits about what we know so far.
NBA fans will definitely know who Lebron James is, right off the bat. But this isn’t the first film he started out in (i.e.Trainwreck). He’ll be filling in Michael Jordan’s shoes - for the film of course - and just like Jordan, we can expect other current NBA stars to make an appearance in the sequel.
Variety reported that Star Trek Discovery’s Sonequa Martin-Green was signed into the film and is expected to play James’ wife in the sequel.
However, it was once reported that O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton) was penned in as one of the cast members for Space Jam 2, but apparently, those findings were proven to be false by Jackson himself as Cinema Blend reported.
Other casting rumors once said that Jared Sullinger was cast to play NBA Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley in the original Space Jam. Unless this is a casting error, we could be seeing Barkley in flashbacks or perhaps being involved in some time-traveling antics where it involves a younger Barkley.
But hey, it could also mean that Charles Barkley, the real one, could be returning for a spot in the sequel, and perhaps other NBA players who starred in the original movie, including Larry Johnson, Shawn Bradley, Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, and Muggsy Bogues.
It’s unknown right now, whether or not Wayne Knight and Bill Murray will be reprising their roles from the previous film, or that Danny DeVito, who voiced Swackhammer will be returning as well.
And since Michael Jordan doesn’t play basketball anymore, the Tune Squad could find a way to fill in a space for him in the movie as their GM.
But one great star that we know is returning for the sequel for sure, is Bugs Bunny, according to a recent promo image for the film.
Other names attached with the picture include Terrance Nance, the director and Ryan Coogler, the producer.
And lastly, it seems NBA animated diva Lola Bunny is set to make her long-awaited comeback as well.
First up, we have Terrance Nance, who directed HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness. He just got his feet wet in the feature film department, but he is largely known for directing short films and television. It would certainly be interesting to see how Nance handles his first major big movie project, especially one that incorporates elements of live-action and cartoon animation, not to mention, directing athletes with little acting experience.
Perhaps the biggest production name to be attached here is the film’s producer Ryan Googler, who is best known for directing some of Hollywood’s most critically acclaimed films like Fruitvale Station, Creed and the recently Oscar-nominated Marvel superhero movie Black Panther. His films have honestly made him one of the most demanding directors of Hollywood. And it’s no wonder he hasn’t taken the director seat, because the guy is so gosh-darn busy and all. If anyone can bring quality to a film, it is most definitely him.
According to the Nerdist, Warner Bros. is set to start Space Jam 2’s filming process on June 17, 2019, which just happens to be right after the last possible day when the NBA Finals end. Also, shooting is speculated to wrap up in late August before the NBA pre-season kicks off.
Besides knowing about the start of Space Jam 2’s filming, Warner Bros. has also given it a release date for July 16, 2021, according to Variety. It’s a long wait, but then again, the filming hasn’t even gotten started either, so say hello to the big waiting game folks. It will face some severe competition from Indiana Jones 5 and Mission: Impossible 7 that will be opening shortly after, but given the people involved with this, it just may find its audience.