LeBron James plays "one of the biggest games" of his life in the upcoming 'Space Jam' sequel, teaming up with 3D Looney Tunes squad.
We finally have our first proper look at the long-anticipated Space Jam: A New Legacy!
Space Jam: A New Legacy (also known as Space Jam 2) is a sequel to the 1996 Space Jam film. The sequel will finally hit theaters on July 16, 2021, starring LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Cedric Joe, and the beloved cast of Looney Tunes in 3D. Yup, you read it right! Our favorite cartoon characters are getting revamped with a 3D look in the sequel. Space Jam: A New Legacy will be the first time for the cartoon characters to appear in a movie since Looney Tunes: Back in Action in 2003.
People behind the project has been keeping their mouth shut and only provided us with small teases. However, James has finally talked openly about the sequel in the latest cover story of Entertainment Weekly, as well as first-look photos of the film.
"It’s one of the biggest games, if not the biggest game, I’ve ever played in. The Goon Squad is probably the best team ever assembled in basketball history," James said about the upcoming film.
In the same interview, James revealed that he was approached to star in a Space Jam sequel around 15 years ago. However, he wanted to pour all of his energy into basketball and had no time for other distractions back then.
‘I didn’t think I was ready to do anything of that magnitude. I wanted to continue to focus on my game and give it as much as I could,’ he explained to the outlet," the basketball superstar said.
In recent years, James has finally given acting a shot. He has done television and film projects, and among his most notable role was in Trainwreck, where he starred alongside Amy Schumer and Bill Hader.
In Space Jam: A New Legacy, James plays a "heightened version of himself" in the upcoming film together with a son named Dom, played by Cedric Joe. Don Cheadle plays the villain role Al G Rhythm, who kidnaps Don in a bid to steal his followers and traps him and his dad in the Warner 3000 entertainment ‘Server-verse.’
James must team up and unite the Looney Tunes for an all-star basketball match against the Goon Squad to escape the virtual world and get back to reality.
In the original 1996 film, the Looney Tunes asked Michael Jordan to help them win a basketball match against a group of aliens who wanted to enslave them as attractions for their theme park.
James admits that he was once thinking about how he could top the basketball legend's performance in the film.
Game on! In @SpaceJamMovie, @KingJames leads the charge as the Looney Tunes’ superteam reunites for the craziest basketball game anyone has ever witnessed. See the FIRST LOOK: https://t.co/jurZXtwxBV Story by @derekjlawrence pic.twitter.com/q2ztmQorQd— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) March 4, 2021
"In my younger days, part of my thinking was… Space Jam was so good, how can I top this? There’s always going to be conversations about LeBron trying to do everything Michael Jordan [did]. But I’ve gotten older, and you know who you are. You know what you stand for."
Space Jam: A New Legacy is produced by Black Panther’s Ryan Coogler, alongside LeBron James, Maverick Carter, and Duncan Henderson.
Coogler revealed that the sequel's theme centers around fatherhood, saying:
"The general idea was the examination of Black fatherhood and how fatherhood could be unique to LeBron James specifically."
‘There are parents who want to push their kids to do certain things because this is what they do, but sometimes you have to look into a kid and be able to have an open mind and ear to help them become the thing they’ve dreamed of.’
Are you excited for Space Jam: A New Legacy? Read our movie preview here to know more!