Space Jam 2 reportedly finds NBA, WNBA stars to join LeBron James
NBA reporter Shams Charania took to Twitter (H/T Cinema Blend) to reveal the other basketball superstars who are set to appear alongside LeBron James in the upcoming Space Jam 2 for Warner Bros. Pictures. NBA players Damian Lillard of the Portland Trailblazers, Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans and Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors have reportedly been tapped for key roles in the film along with WNBA stars Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury ,and siblings Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks.
They will be joining previously announced cast member Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead, Star Trek: Discovery), who will be portraying the role of James’ wife.
Space Jam 2 will star LeBron James instead of Michael Jordan with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler onboard to produce. Terence Nance (Random Acts of Flyness, The Oversimplification of Her Beauty) is set to direct instead of Justin Lin (Fast & Furious franchise) who was one of the directors originally attached to the project.
In the original, Michael Jordan teamed up with Looney Tunes characters to battle a group of animated aliens on the court. Space Jam went on to gross $230 million worldwide and besides Jordan, included some of the NBA’s biggest stars like Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, and Patrick Ewing. Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes will now team with James on the court to battle an unknown entity.
Space Jam 2 will arrive in theaters on July 16, 2021. Production will begin this summer during James’ NBA off-season.