“Space Jam 2” is Now Just a Three-Pointer Away!

The release of the first trailer kicks things into gear for the long-awaited sequel

In 1996, the highest grossing basketball film of all time was born with the release of Space Jam, a comedic romp that became a cult classic for its amalgamation of the live action Michael Jordan with the animated characters of the Looney Tunes. For many ardent lovers of the first film, the legacy continues on in 2021 with the release of Space Jam: A New Legacy (appropriately named), which has finally dropped its first official trailer.

Coming after years of anticipation, the Malcolm D. Lee directed Space Jam 2 features LeBron James taking over Jordan’s central role, along with Don Cheadle, Sonequa Martin-Green, Khris Davis, and Cedric Joe. It’ll also feature the voice talents of Jeff Bergman, Eric Bauza, Bob Bergen, and Zendaya as Lola Bunny, among others.

The trailer dropped over the weekend and has already amassed over 15 million views. The story revolves around a fictionalized version of James failing to connect with his son over their opinions of his future. When his son gets stuck in a digital space, James finds an AI, played by Cheadle, who promises to return his son if he can defeat his Goon Squad team (comprising the talents of several professional NBA players). James’ only support comes from the largely undisciplined and amateurish Looney Tunes characters who make up his own team.

Largely the same animated toons are featured from the first film, including Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Granny, Sylvester & Tweety, along with cameos from several other popular Warner Bros. characters like the Flintstones, Yogi Bear, the Scooby gang, and King Kong. The film features a combination of live-action, traditional 2D animation, and CGI like the original for different parts of the story. Several easter eggs and references are also made throughout the trailer, like a reference to an iconic LeBron James-Dwayne Wade dunk, and product placement for Nike. Also, there’s characters kicking basketballs…just because.

Space Jam: A New Legacy releases in theatres on July 16, 2021. The film will also be made available on HBO Max for 31 days with its theatrical release. Check out the trailer below:

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