NBA superstar LeBron James will be the face of a forthcoming Space Jam sequel, but little else has been revealed until now.
What We Know:
- James took to Instagram Thursday to unveil the official name of the film: Space Jam: A New Legacy. He made a boomerang post of himself wearing a cap embroidered with the title.
- It was then re-posted by the film’s official Twitter page later on that day. The year 2021 was written in the caption, but it is not clear if that will be the release year.
- Space Jam: A New Legacy is a fictional movie that straddles fiction and reality. The movie will mark James’ first time as the lead actor in a major motion picture. It’s the follow-up to the 1996 film Space Jam starring Michael Jordan, who teamed up with animated Looney Tunes characters to take on the Monstars, a team of aliens who harvested basketball talents from other NBA stars, in a game of basketball.
- According to The Grio, the original, which grossed $230 million at the box office, also featured Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird, former Philadelphia 76er Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing, who played most of his professional career with the New York Knicks. It is assumed that current NBA stars will also join James for the sequel, however, no one has been announced as of yet.
James, who is the face of the NBA, has also been busy behind the scenes in video production. He is the executive producer of two shows on Showtime, including celebrity interview series The Shop and documentary Shut Up & Dribble.