Space Jam: A New Legacy adds Zendaya as Lola Bunny!
After dropping the exciting first trailer for the long-awaited sports comedy sequel earlier this morning, the cast for Warner Bros.’ Space Jam: A New Legacy is taking a major leap forward as Entertainment Weekly has revealed that Emmy winner Zendaya (Euphoria) has joined the film as Lola Bunny!
Having officially entered development in 2014 with James starring after nearly 20 years spent in development hell, A New Legacy was set to be helmed by Justin Lin (F9: The Fast Saga), though it’s unclear why he left the project, then had Terence Nance (Random Acts of Flyness) taking over until he departed due to creative difference with the studio and producers for the vision of the film and eventually seeing Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip) landing the job.
Produced by Black Panther‘s Ryan Coogler, the film centers on James and his young son Dom (Cedric Joe) — who dreams of becoming a video game developer — as they find themselves trapped in a virtual space by a rogue AI named Al-G Rhythm (Don Cheadle). In order to get back home safely, he must lead Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Lola Bunny and the rest of the undisciplined Looney Tunes to victory over Al-G’s digitized players on the court.
Alongside James, the film will feature an impressive roster of professional talent including Portland Trailblazers’ Damian Lillard, New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma, Phoenix Suns’ Chris Paul, Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi and Los Angeles Sparks’ siblings Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike. The cast for the film also includes Star Trek: Discovery and The Walking Dead alum Sonequa Martin-Green as James’ wife Kamiyah and Zendaya as Lola.
In the 1996 fan-favorite 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.
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