Come on and slam, and welcome to the jam!
25 years since we first saw Michael Jordan team up with the Tune Squad to take down the Monstars, we’re heading back to the court for Space Jam: A New Legacy, and we’ve now got our first look at the sequel’s trailer.
Critically derided upon its release, the original Space Jam was still a hit for audiences, making $230 million worldwide and becoming a cultural touchstone for ‘90s kids. While a sequel had been spoken about for many years, it often seemed like a Bill & Ted 3 situation where it looked like it was never going to happen. All good things come to those who wait, however, and like those time-traveling dudes, it’s time to see what’s going on back in the world of the Jam.
While Michael Jordan may have aged out of the MVP status that made him the perfect choice for the first film’s lead, A New Legacy seems to have found a worthy replacement with LeBron James starring in a film that sees him and his son (played by Ceyair J. Wright, although the character is based on LeBron’s actual son) team up with the Looney Tunes to take down a rogue AI the only way they can – on the basketball court.
Oscar nominee Don Cheadle is taking on a rare blockbuster villain role as the film’s big baddie AI-G Rhythm, with Khris Davis and Sonequa Martin-Green among the supporting cast.
The first Space Jam also featured an array of its era’s finest basketball legends, including Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, and Muggsy Bogues. A New Legacy will be repeating the trick, with appearances from NBA stars Klay Thompson, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, Draymond Green, and Kyle Kuzma, as well as WNBA stars Diana Taurasi, Nneka Ogwumike, and Chiney Ogwumike.
Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip, The Best Man) is directing the film, with Ryan Cooler, Maverick Carter, and Duncan Henderson on board as producers.
Will LeBron and the Looney Tunes be able to take down AI-G Rhythm? Will the film satisfy the nostalgia of the ‘90s kids while finding a place in the heart of new fans as well? We’ll all find out when Space Jam: A New Legacy hits theaters and HBO Max on July 16th.
See the trailer below: