After years of rumors, NBA superstar LeBron James will officially star in the long-awaited sequel to Space Jam, following in Michael Jordan’s footsteps to team up with Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang in the upcoming film. The news was announced via a tweet from Springhill Entertainment, which included a photo that introduced the newest Toon Squad team, including James, Bugs, Director Terence Nance (Random Acts of Flyness), and Producer Ryan Coogler (Black Panther). The news was then confirmed by James, who expressed his excitement in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
“The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie,” James told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s so much bigger. I’d just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel and how empowered they can be if they don’t just give up on their dreams. And I think Ryan did that for a lot of people.”
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Fans have been clamoring for James to become the new face of the Space Jam franchise for his entire career and speculation has only grown as James proved himself to be a pretty damn good actor, most notably in his breakout performance as Bill Hader’s best friend in Trainwreck. And when James officially moved to Los Angeles to join the Lakers this summer, many wondered if this Space Jam fantasy would finally become a reality.
For now, little is known about the sequel, though it is tentatively scheduled to begin filming in 2019. Over the coming months, expect more details about Space Jam 2 to emerge, including which current and former NBA stars will be featured in the film, most notably whether Jordan himself will be appearing in the sequel.