WB released a new teaser trailer for Space Jam 2: A New Legacy. The sequel will feature the famed Looney Tunes, much like the 1996 predecessor. However, instead of MJ in the lead role, LeBron James will suit up for the big screen.
In the trailer, LeBron plays a father trying to get his young son to realize his basketball talents. His son, however, seems to not want to follow in his father’s footsteps. A few misadventures occur and LeBron finds himself in the land of Looney Tunes. The viewer’s eyes are met with a whirlwind of blistering video-game-like animation as clips from the big game dazzle the screen.
Space Jam 2 is one of WB’s 2021 movies hitting theaters and HBO Max simultaneously. LeBron was approached earlier in his career to star in a Space Jam remake. But, the now-NBA legend felt the opportunity then was premature and passed on it.
“In my younger days, part of my thinking was ‘Space Jam’ was so good, how can I top this?’” said James. “There’s always going to be conversations about LeBron trying to do everything Michael [did]. But I’ve gotten older, and you know who you are. You know what you stand for.” James continued, “The general idea was the examination of Black fatherhood and how fatherhood could be unique to LeBron James specifically. There are parents who 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.”
WB plans to release Space Jam 2: A New Legacy on July 16th, 2021.