LeBron James and the Looney Tunes gang are ready to take to court in a plethora of new character posters for Space Jam 2Serves as a sequel to the 1996 classic Space Jam, in the new film, James picks up where Michael Jordan left off, along with Bugs Bunny and friends to take on an antagonistic basketball team. James is on one of the new posters next to Bugs Bunny, although both faces are partially obscured.
Meanwhile, Bugs turns a ball on his fingertip into another character poster of his own. Lola Bunny does the same on her own poster, showing off her new look that is more ‘family friendly’ than the Lola we saw in the original Space JamThe other Looney Tunes characters to get new posters include Tweety Bird, Daffy Duck, Road Runner, Speedy Gonzales and Taz the Tasmanian Devil.
One character not mentioned is the controversial skunk cartoon Pepe Le Pew. Although a scene with Pepe had previously been filmed with singer-actress Greice Santo, the scene was rejected when new director Malcolm D. Lee took over the project. It was recently revealed that the skunk had since been completely removed from the movie, even among other cartoon characters in the background. He was featured as one of the players in the original Space Jam
On the live-action side, LeBron James stars as herself with Sonequa Martin-Green playing Kamiyah, the basketball star’s wife. Don Cheadle, Cedric Joe, Ceyair J. Wright and Harper Leigh Alexander also star. Voicing the Looney Tunes characters are Eric Bauza (Bugs, Daffy, Marvin the Martian, Tweety), Jeff Bergman (Sylvester, Foghorn Leghorn), Kath Soucie (Lola) and Gabriel Iglesias (Speedy Gonzales).
Space Jam 2 follows James and his young son Dom (Joe) who get trapped in a virtual space by a rogue algorithm called AI-G Rhythm (Cheadle), and the only way to get home is to team up with Bugs, Daffy, Porky, Lola and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang to defeat the AI-G’s digitized champions.
Directed by Joe Pytka, the original Space Jam Michael Jordan played himself, similarly alongside Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes to take on a basketball team made of monsters. It was a huge box office hit and widely regarded as one of the most iconic movies of the 1990s. For years, attempts have been made at Warner Bros. to develop a follow-up, with the message of LeBron’s potential involvement already announced in 2014. With it finally becoming a reality, the NBA legend couldn’t be happier.
“It’s one of the greatest games, if not the greatest game I’ve ever played,” said James Weekly entertainment this month. “The Goon Squad is probably the best team ever assembled in basketball history.”
Space Jam: A New Legacy is scheduled for release on July 16, 2021, both in theaters and at home on HBO Max. The new character posters for Space Jam 2 come to us from Warner Bros. Pictures.
Subjects: Looney Tunes, Space Jam 2