Move over Michael Jordan, there’s a new King of Basketball in town and he goes by the name of LeBron James.
Taking over from not only a stellar career but perhaps a highlight for millennials — the lead role in basketball flick, Space Jam.
This time around, James is starring in Space Jam 2 or its official name Space Jam: A New Legacy.
The original 1996 film was a fictionalised account of what happened between Jordan’s initial retirement from the NBA in 1993 and his 1995 and was the highest-grossing basketball film of all-time.
The movie saw Jordan enlisted by the Looney Tunes to help them win a basketball match against a group of aliens who intend to enslave them as attractions for their theme park. It wasn’t Oscar-worthy, but it was an epically good time.
The film was a huge hit with kids growing up in the 90s and now that a lot of those kids have kids themselves, we’re hoping it leaves the same legacy.
Now that James’ sequel has officially been wrapped, here’s everything we know about Space Jam: A New Legacy.
What is it about?
It’s been a 20-year process, but the second instalment of Space Jam is finally coming to cinemas.
So far, the only synopsis we have is that NBA superstar James teams up with Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes for this long-awaited sequel.
In 2018, James said that the film will be more of a “reboot” rather than a sequel, in an interview with his manager, Maverick Carter.
Much-like Jordan’s, the remake will follow a fictionalised version of James’ life, however, there are no other details as yet.
One thing we do know is that the score is said to be epic, with Hans Zimmer (Inception) signed on for the job.
When will it be released?
On April 30th, 2020, James took to his Instagram to confirm the official title along with a release year, 2021.
Since the announcement, more information has come to light with Space Jam: A New Legacy to be released worldwide on July 16 2021.
Who is in the cast?
Joining James are actors Don Cheadle (Black Monday) and Sonequa Martin-Green (Star Trek: Discovery) and in terms of the Looney Tunes, Eric Bauza will voice both Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, and Lola Bunny will be played by Kath Soucie.
NBA players Klay Thompson, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul and Kyle Kuzma have all been confirmed for appearances.
What do the team jerseys look like?
On August 18, James debuted the new Tune Squad jerseys that he and the Looney Tunes will wear in the new film.
The Twitter account for The Lebron James Family Foundation shared a first-look video of James kitted up in the new jersey.
Sporting much more modern jerseys (no surprise there), the logo does bare a striking resemblance to the original.
Would it be the Family Reunion without a special surprise?! @mavcarter gives our I Promise families the first ever look at @KingJames in his @spacejammovie ‘A New Legacy’ jersey! 👀🔥 pic.twitter.com/XsPYL1dvcU
— LeBron James Family Foundation (@LJFamFoundation) August 18, 2020