“Space Jam” was released in November 1996 and quickly became a millennial cultural landmark as well as an instant classic sports film. The Toon Squad, a basketball team comprised of legendary Looney Tunes characters, faced up against the Monstars, an extraterrestrial team that had gained the competitive advantage after taking the abilities of the NBA’s best stars, in the novel’s narrative. Fortunately, the Toons acquired Michael Jordan, the finest and most famous basketball player on the planet, and their wacky cartoon antics were accompanied by a smash soundtrack with songs by Seal, Monica, and Toon Squad member Bugs Bunny himself on their road to basketball and cosmic fame.
The international success of “Space Jam” made a sequel a foregone conclusion. It took a long time to get off the ground, and it’s been in development for the greater part of the decade — but it’s finally here, releasing on July 16, 2021, in cinemas and on HBO Max.
Will you be filling in for Jordan this time? NBA superstar LeBron James, is the presumptive heir to His Airness throne. The cartoon characters, of course, will return. There’s a lot more to “Space Jam: A New Legacy” than you would think.
“Space Jam: A New Legacy” has a plot.
With the inclusion of basketball, the original “Space Jam” followed a pretty traditional (though strange) high-stakes science-fiction scenario. After the classic Looney Tunes characters were kidnapped by alien creatures known as the Nerdlucks and forced to work as attractions at a space theme park, Bugs Bunny enlisted Michael Jordan’s help and challenged the villains (who had stolen the powers of NBA stars) to a basketball game — if they lost, they’d be held captive.
“A New Legacy” appears to be an update and reinterpretation of the previous film’s story and concepts, rather than a straight sequel. This time, the film follows LeBron James, the world’s most dominant basketball player, and his son Dom as they become trapped in a digital world by an evil artificial intelligence program. James must train, lead, and play alongside all of the crazy Looney Tunes cartoon characters, such as Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, and Daffy Duck, in order to earn freedom for himself and Dom.
In “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” who will play the lead role?
The original “Space Jam” not only expertly blended live-action and animation, but it also hired a cast of aspiring actors with seasoned comics. “Space Jam” starred Michael Jordan and had cameos from Charles Barkley and Larry Bird on the jock side, while Bill Murray and Wayne Knight (Newman from “Seinfeld”) on the comedic side. Billy West, who has voiced Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in “Futurama,” “Ren and Stimpy,” “Doug,” and a slew of other famous characters, headed the voice cast on the project.
A similar concept will be used in “Space Jam 2.” Basketball icon (and “Trainwreck” supporting actor) LeBron James leads the cast, and his firm, SpringHill Entertainment, is also producing the film. Sonequa Martin-Green, who has been in “Star Trek: Discovery” and “The Walking Dead,” was cast as James’ wife, Kamiyah, in March of this year. The villain, a computer program dubbed Al-G Rhythm, will be played by Oscar and Emmy nominee Don Cheadle. Harper Leigh Alexander plays Xosha, James’ daughter, and Cedric Joe plays Dom James, the basketball star’s youngest son, whose kidnapping drives the storyline of the film.
“Space Jam: A New Legacy” included several familiar “Looney Tunes” voice performers. Bugs Bunny, Foghorn Leghorn, and Yosemite Sam will be portrayed by Jeff Bergman, while Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, and Marvin the Martian will be voiced by Eric Bauza, and the Tasmanian Devil will be played by Jim Cummings. Speedy Gonzales will be played by comedian Gabriel Iglesias, and Lola Bunny will be played by Emmy-nominated actress Zendaya.
In “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” which NBA stars will appear?
If “Space Jam: A New Legacy” is anything like 1996 original, there will be plenty of interplanetary basketball. LeBron James, the most well-known and arguably best player in the world today, will take over as the team’s captain, succeeding Michael Jordan, the best player of the 1990s. Jordan’s contemporaries appeared in the previous film, and “A New Legacy” appears to take a similar approach with big names from the decade. Some NBA and WNBA players will compete as “The Goon Squad,” super-powered hybrid monsters. Damian Lillard portrays Chronos, a golden robot with clock pieces, while Anthony Davis plays The Brow, a bird/man.
Other basketball stars will make cameo appearances in “A New Legacy,” including Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul, and Draymond Green, as well as “Inside the NBA” host Ernie Johnson, who will portray a play-by-play commentator. Also, one more basketball-playing celebrity might join the cast of “New Legacy” to help tie the two “Space Jam” flicks together.
Cheadle told Access Hollywood in May that “Michael Jordan is in the movie.” “However, not in the manner, you might think.”
When is “Space Jam: A New Legacy” set to hit theatres?
Warner Bros. and James’ production firm, SpringHill Entertainment, took the shot in September 2018, revealing that “Space Jam 2” was officially occurring after years of figurative dribbling and shooting. The film couldn’t shoot much during the NBA season because it features a number of basketball stars, therefore “Space Jam: A New Legacy” took a long time to come.
SpringHill revealed some concept art for the film in February 2019, including James alongside Bugs and Lola Bunny, as well as a July 16, 2021 release date. It’s possible that the date is significant numerically. July is the seventh month of the year, according to sportswriter Rob Perez (via CBS News), and when that number is added to the 16, it equals 23. Michael Jordan and LeBron James both wore the number on their jerseys in the movie “Space Jam.”
“Space Jam: A New Legacy” is directed by who else?
Justin Lin, the director of “Fast & Furious 6,” appeared to be the front-runner for “Space Jam 2” as of May 2016, but that didn’t pan out. The Hollywood Reporter reported in September 2018 that the sequel will be Ryan Coogler’s first film as a producer after his box office smash “Black Panther.” Terence Nance, an experimental filmmaker/animator known for the films “The Oversimplification of Her Beauty” and “Random Acts of Flyness,” is in charge of directing responsibilities.
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Malcolm D. Lee took over for Nance after a few months. According to The Wrap, Juel Taylor (“Creed II”), Keenan Coogler (Ryan Coogler’s brother and writer of the upcoming “Creed III”), and Nance worked from a script with numerous credited screenwriters.