Space Jam 2 release date: Cast, trailer and news for LeBron James sequel

Everything you need to know about Space Jam: A New Legacy, the Looney Tunes' sequel to the '90s classic.

One of the most iconic films of the 1990s is getting a modern revamp this summer, as the characters of Looney Tunes join forces with another basketball icon for another epic game.

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Space Jam: A New Legacy stars LeBron James as a version of himself, who is transported into a virtual world by the sinister tech-based villain AI-G Rhythm (Don Cheadle).

He’ll have to team up with the Looney Tunes crew in some of the wildest basketball matches of his career if he wants to get home safely, with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Tweety Bird among the characters confirmed to appear.

Lola Bunny, the love interest for Bugs introduced in the first film, will be back with an all-new design and with global superstar Zendaya (Spider-Man 3) voicing the role, taking the place of original actress Kath Soucie.

After much anticipation and curiosity, the first trailer for Space Jam: A New Legacy hit the internet in April and has generated huge excitement for the project (scroll down to watch for yourself).

Read on for everything you need to know about Space Jam 2.

When is Space Jam 2 released in cinemas?

Back in February 2019, Springhill Entertainment – the company founded by athlete LeBron James – announced that Space Jam 2 would be released on 16th July, 2021.

Production on the film wrapped in September 2019 and as of yet, there’s been no delays announced in relation to the pandemic – however, Warner Bros recently revealed that it would be releasing its complete slate of 2021 films via HBO Max as well as theatres.

Therefore, Space Jam: A New Legacy will be arriving both on HBO Max and in cinemas in July 2021. While HBO Max isn’t currently available in the UK, we’ll keep you updated as and when Warner Bros announces the release platform for Space Jam 2 in the United Kingdom.

The release date means that there will have been a 25-year gap between the 1996 original and the sequel, making the new movie a bit of an anniversary project as well.

Space Jam 2 trailer

The first full-length trailer for Space Jam 2, also known as A New Legacy, has arrived and it does not disappoint, with Lebron James and the Looney Tunes gang on fine form.

There are plenty of other pop culture references and easter eggs to seek out in the action-packed trailer, so take a look below and see what you can find.

Space Jam 2 cast

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The first star confirmed was American pro basketball player LeBron James, who is set to take over the role in the story that fellow legend Michael Jordan had in the original movie.

Avengers: Endgame star Don Cheadle plays the film’s villain – a sentient computer named AI-G Rhythm, and Star Trek: Discovery’s Sonequa Martin-Green plays Kamiyah, LeBron’s wife.

LeBron’s son Dom, who dreams of becoming a video game developer, is played by Cedric Joe, while Ceyair J Wright plays his brother Darius and Harper Leigh Alexander plays sister Xosha.

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Cedric Joe and Don Cheadle in Space Jam 2
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As for fellow basketball pros, leaked set photos have revealed Klay Thompson – who was seen on crutches weeks after tearing his ACL – Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard all kicking around with James for what is expected to be an All-Star game in the movie.

Entertainment Weekly has also reported that pros Klay Thompson and Diana Taurasi will also be starring in the film, which was filmed during the last two NBA off-seasons.

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As for Looney Tunes characters, we know Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig are among the animated cast, while Lola Bunny has been given a make-over for the film.

Director Malcolm D. Lee explained the change in character design, telling Entertainment Weekly: “Lola [Bunny] was very sexualised, like Betty Boop mixed with Jessica Rabbit. Lola was not politically correct… This is a kids’ movie, why is she in a crop top? It just felt unnecessary, but at the same time there’s a long history of that in cartoons.”

Euphoria and Spider-Man star Zendaya will provide the voice of Lola Bunny, in a change from the original movie where she was played by actress Kath Soucie.

However, Pepe Le Pew, the skunk known for constant romantic pursuit of Penelope Pussycat in the Looney Tunes cartoons, won’t be appearing in the upcoming sequel. According to Deadline, a scene featuring the character and Greice Santo, in which the Jane the Virgin star teaches him a lesson about consent, was cut from the film. RadioTimes.com has reached out to Warner Bros for comment.

What’s the plot of Space Jam 2?

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Harper Leigh Alexander, Sonequa Martin-Green and Ceyair J. Wright in Space Jam 2
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Space Jam 2 centres around basketball legend LeBron James, who becomes trapped in a virtual world with his son Dom (Cedric Joe) when captured by sinister algorithm AI-G Rhythm (Don Cheadle). He must enlist the help of Looney Tunes characters Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Lola Bunny and the rest of the Warner Brothers gang in taking on AI-G’s digital champions on the basketball court.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about the upcoming sequel, producer Ryan Coogler said: “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.”

Who’s making Space Jam 2? 

Black Panther director Ryan Coogler is producing the movie and also has a writing credit alongside previous collaborator Sev Ohanian, while it will be directed by Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip) – after previous director Terrence Nance stepped aside in June 2019.

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Space Jam 2: A New Legacy will be released in cinemas 16th July, 2021. If you’re looking for more to watch, check out our TV Guide.