Bugs Bunny and Lola Bunny are hitting the basketball court on the big screen again, but this time with LeBron James.
James is creating and starring in Space Jam: A New Legacy. The movie, which is not considered a remake of the original, will premiere 25 years after the Looney Tunes and Michael Jordan teamed up to ward off aliens.
Space Jam featured a slew of top talent from the NBA and Hollywood, including Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Bill Murray and Danny DeVito. Several of today's NBA and WNBA stars are reportedly joining James for the upcoming flick.
Here's everything we know so far about Space Jam: A New Legacy.
James and his company SpringHill Entertainment will make the movie with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler as a producer. Night School and Girl's Trip director Malcolm D. Lee will direct the project.
What's the Movie About?
James and Los Angeles native Cedric Joe play a father and son in the film. They get stuck in virtual reality, needing to win a basketball game to escape the "server-verse," according to Entertainment Weekly. James is then joined by the usual cast of Space Jam characters, including Bugs, Lola Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety and the rest of the Tune Squad.
Bugs Bunny Headlines an Awesome Cast:
Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis and Klay Thompson are among the NBA players reportedly joining the Space Jam 2 cast. WNBA stars Diana Taurasi, Nneka Ogwumike and Chiney Ogwumike are also expected to be in the film.
In April 2019, it was reported that some NBA All-Stars, such as Stephen Curry, James Harden and Kevin Durant, were unlikely to appear in the movie because of rivaling sneaker company deals. The Space Jam franchise was originally inspired by a Nike commercial called "Hare Jordan" featuring M.J.
There will be additional big-names in the cast outside of NBA and WNBA stars. Oscar nominee Don Cheadle will play antagonist AI-G Rhythm, and actor Shel Bailey will serve as James's stunt double.
James filmed Space Jam: A New Legacy over the last two offseasons, often training in the morning before starting his day on set.
When Can You Watch the Movie?
The movie's production began during the 2019 NBA offseason and has a release date just ahead of the 25th anniversary of the original. Space Jam: A New Legacy will hit theaters on July 16, 2021. It will also have a simultaneous streaming release on HBO Max.
James gave fans a sneak peek at the movie's logo when he posted a video on Instagram showing him wearing a black ball cap with a logo that said "Space Jam: A New Legacy."
*This post will be updated as more information is released.