“Space Jam” is taking it into overtime with a 2021 version of the 1990’s classic, swapping out Michael Jordan with current basketball star LeBron James.
The 36-year-old Los Angeles Lakers basketball player is teaming up with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam and more to take on the Goon Squad in a game of hoops in “Space Jam: A New Legacy.”
Warner Bros. Pictures released the first trailer on Saturday. Fans of the 1996 original and new potential fans got their first look into the merging worlds of reality and Tune World. James and his son Dom (Cedric Joe) disconnect over basketball, as James pushes the sport on Dom, who has no interest storms off and gets abducted into another dimension called the Server-verse.
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“Space Jam” goes 2021 with artificial intelligence, hologram villains and a video game themed arena fully equipped with digitized score boards.
To get his son back to reality James faces a full-court press: A basketball game between him and the unathletic Tunes versus a charged up Goon Squad.
“It’s one of the biggest games, if not the biggest game, I’ve ever played in,” James told Entertainment Weekly of the movie last month. “The Goon Squad is probably the best team ever assembled in basketball history.”
The movie, directed by Malcolm D. Lee alongside filmmakers Ryan Coogler and Maverick Carter features appearances from “Hotel Rawanda” actor Don Cheadle and “The Walking Dead” series actress Sonequa Martin-Green.
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The All-Star NBA player is familiar with the movie industry. James made his first on-screen appearance in the comedy “Trainwreck” alongside Amy Schumer and Bill Hader. In the 2018 James added voice acting to his repertoire playing the role of Gwangi in the family animated movie “Small Foot.”
“Space Jam: A New Legacy” is set to hit theaters July 16 and will be available to stream on HBO Max.