Everybody get up. It’s time to slam now. We got another jam going down.
“Space Jam: A New Legacy,” the long-awaited sequel to the 1996 film “Space Jam” starring Michael Jordan, features four-time NBA MVP LeBron James playing a fictionalized version of himself and leading the “Tune Squad” against the “Goon Squad,” a team created by an evil computer algorithm. You know, super normal stuff.
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Can James’ “Space Jam” movie be to Generation Z what MJ’s version was to millennials? That remains to be seen, but it’s probably safe to say some analysts will use these films as fuel for the ongoing GOAT debate because, well, that’s always what happens.
For now, let’s focus on everything we do know about “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” including details on the release date, plot and cast.
‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ release date
“Space Jam: A New Legacy” is scheduled to be released in the United States on July 16, 2021. It will be available to watch both in traditional movie theaters and on HBO Max.
‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ trailer
Unlike the original “Space Jam,” the sequel will incorporate characters from Warner Bros. properties outside of “Looney Tunes.” In the trailer below, you can see The Iron Giant, The Flintstones, King Kong, Yogi Bear and more.
‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ posters
Roll call. The Tune Squad is back on the court in Space Jam: A New Legacy – in theaters and on HBO Max* July 16. #SpaceJamMovie
— Space Jam: A New Legacy (@spacejammovie) March 29, 2021
‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ plot
So, yeah, this gets a little weird. Here’s a brief synopsis:
In this film, basketball champion and global icon LeBron James goes on an epic adventure alongside timeless Tune Bugs Bunny. When James and his young son Dom — who dreams of being a video game developer — are trapped in a digital space by a rogue AI, James must get them home safe by leading Bugs, Lola Bunny and the whole gang of notoriously undisciplined Looney Tunes to victory over the AI’s digitized champions on the court: a powered-up roster of basketball stars as you’ve never seen them before.
And that “rogue AI” is played by . . . Don Cheadle. Yes, that’s Academy Award nominee and War Machine himself Don Cheadle. Pretty nice offseason signing.
‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ cast
In addition to the listed cast, multiple NBA and WNBA players will reportedly make cameo appearances in “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” including Anthony Davis, Chris Paul and Diana Taurasi.
|LeBron James||LeBron James|
|Don Cheadle||Al-G Rhythm|
|Sonequa Martin-Green||Kamiyah James|
|Cedric Joe||Dom James|
|Ceyair J. Wright||Darius James|
|Harper Leigh Alexander||Xosha James|
|Jeff Bergman||Bugs Bunny / Sylvester / Yosemite Sam (voice)|
|Eric Bauza||Daffy Duck / Marvin the Martian / Tweety (voice)|
|Bob Bergen||Porky Pig (voice)|
|Gabriel Iglesias||Speedy Gonzales (voice)|
|Candi Milo||Granny (voice)|
(Full cast and crew available on IMDb)