Space Jam 2 – release date, cast, trailer and all we know about Space Jam: A New Legacy
25 years ago, basketball history was made when the legendary Michael Jordan joined forces with Bugs Bunny and the rest of Looney Tunes’ MVPs for the live-action/animation crossover game of a lifetime. Now it’s the turn of a new G.O.A.T., LeBron James, to seek out the help of Warner Bros.’ misfit Tune Squad to take on a dangerous new opponent.
Here’s everything you need to know about Space Jam 2 – release date, cast, trailer cameos, soundtrack and more. It’s all here.
From Mary Poppins (1964) to Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), the movies have long loved combining live-action and animation to funny and fantastical effects. Released in 1996, the original Space Jam saw the coolest combination yet – at-the-peak-of-his-powers Chicago Bulls #23 Michael Jordan, and a kooky cast of animated characters from Warner Bros.’ Looney Tunes cartoons.
With the always brilliant Bill Murray in support, Jordan, Bugs and Lola Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Yosemite Sam, Granny, Porky Pig and other ‘toons faced down a team of Monstars equipped with skills stolen from real NBA stars on the court, besting them in the dying moments of the game, and saving the day.
Filmmaking technology (and basketball) have come a long way in 25 years, and it’s now the turn of the only other b-ball great deserving of the #23 jersey, LeBron ‘King’ James, to head into a lavish new imagining of Toon World to play a high-stakes game against another seemingly unbeatable team.
Naturally, Space Jam 2 (AKA A New Legacy) is so much more than a basic remake. You’d expect a bleeding-edge blending of animation, CGI and live-action basketball action, but what you may not be anticipating is the mind-blowing setting for this game of games. With LeBron pursuing his (fictional) son Dom into the Warner Bros. servers (Tron-style), Space Jam 2 is full to bursting with cameos representing a zillion WB franchises from the DCEU and classic Hanna Barbera ‘toons to The Matrix. It’s wild, and we think you’re going to love it.
LeBron James and his son Dom are clashing over the boy’s future. LeBron wants Dom to follow in his footsteps while Dom has ambitions to become a video game developer. But, before they can clear the air, first Dom then LeBron are sucked into the Warner Bros. Server-Verse by a rogue A.I. called Al-G Rhythm (Don Cheadle – Avengers: Endgame, Hotel Rwanda).
Challenged by Al to beat a team of his choosing on the basketball court (in order to get his son back), LeBron follows in his Space Jam predecessor’s Air Jordans and sets out to reunite the scattered members of the legendary (if eccentric) Tune Squad. But with Al’s Goon Squad packed with supervillainous versions of NBA stars, and his own team far from game-ready, the shot-clock is ticking down to a winner-takes-all showdown whose result is anything but a slam dunk for our hero.
With its live-action and voice cast, Space Jam: A New Legacy is bringing its A-game.
LeBron James is himself
NBA MVP multi-award winner, Olympic gold medallist and all-around sporting legend LeBron Raymone James Sr. needs no introduction. In Space Jam: A New Legacy, he plays a heightened version of himself, but there’s nothing make-believe about the man’s wizardry with a basketball.
Cedric Joe (Loving Him, Modern Family) is Dom James
Dom wants to be a videogame developer, but his dad wants him to excel on the basketball court. Can Al-G Rhythm the rogue A.I. use this to create a permanent wedge between the two? He’s going to try every trick in the book…
Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda, Avengers: Endgame) is Al G. Rhythm
A.I. Al-G Rhythm rules the Warner Bros. 3000 Entertainment Server-Verse in which all of the WB franchises and characters live. Why has he brought Dom and LeBron into his virtual realm? We’re not sure but we wouldn’t be surprised if it had something to do with Dom’s code-writing talents.
Sonequa Martin-Green (Star Trek: Discovery, The Walking Dead) is Kamiyah James
LeBron’s big-screen wife is played by none other than Star Trek: Discovery’s Michael Burnham, Sonequa Martin-Green.
Nneka Ogwumike is herself and Arachnneka
The Goon Squad’s spider-like Arachnneka’s likeness, moves and voice are provided by the awesome Los Angeles Sparks player Nneka Ogwumike.
Damian Lillard is Chronos
The Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard is the super-talented inspiration for Chronos, a blisteringly rapid, robotic Goon Squad player. The name, Chronos, is a nod to Lillard’s ability to shift gears and dramatically change the flow of a game – an effect his teammates dubbed ‘Dame Time’.
Anthony Davis is The Brow
The Goon Squad’s Brow is a winged, harpy-like superbeing given life by New Orleans Pelicans/LA Lakers star, Anthony Davis. Why the name, The Brow? Well, Davis’s unibrow is so famous that the player has actually trademarked the phrase ‘Fear The Brow’.
Diana Taurasi is White Mamaba
Multi-Olympic-gold and WNBA-championship-winning Phoenix Mercury player Diana Taurasi was dubbed White Mamba by none other than Kobe Bryant for her ability to score under pressure. So, naturally, as a Goon Squad player, she’s transformed into a formidable half-human-half-snake.
Klay Thompson is Wet-Fire
With a Goon Squad name inspired by Thompson’s shared nickname with fellow Golden State Warrior, Stephen Curry – ‘the Splash Brothers’ – Wet-Fire has the destabilising ability to swap between water and fire forms at will.
The Tune Squad is played by a heady mix of big-name Hollywood stars and brilliant, veteran voice actors.
Zendaya (Spider-Man: Far From Home, The Greatest Showman) is Lola Bunny
Jeff Bergman (Looney Tunes Cartoons, Family Guy) is Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam, Sylvester, Foghorn Leghorn, Yogi Bear and Fred Flinstone
Gabriel Iglesias (The Nut Job, Ferdinand) is Speedy Gonzales
Eric Bauza (Looney Tunes Cartoons, Animaniacs) is Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Marvin the Martian and Tweety Bird
Candi Milo (Looney Tunes Cartoons, Curious George) is Granny
Bob Bergen (Space Jam, Spirited Away) is Porky Pig and Tweety
Wile E. Coyote is himself
In addition to laying up the blockbuster slam dunk that is A New Legacy, the Space Jam 2 trailer is packed with blink-and-you’ll-miss-’em cameos from tons of Warner Bros. film and TV franchises. Here’s what we spotted.
Scooby Doo, The Iron Giant, Yogi Bear, The Jetsons, The Flintstones, The Animaniacs, The ThunderCats and King Kong. The Matrix’s Agent Smith and Morpheus, IT’s Pennywise the clown, Game of Thrones’ Night King, a flying monkey from the Wizard of Oz and Mr Freeze from 1997’s Batman & Robin. Space Ghost, Peter Potamus, and Frankenstein Junior rubbing shoulders with Mad Max: Fury Road’s War Boys, two Jokers (Cesar Romero’s and Jack Nicholson’s), two Catwomen (Eartha Kitt’s 1960s Catwoman, and Michelle Pfeiffer’s 1992 version), The Mask in his canary-yellow zoot suit, and a bunch of droogs from Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. Bette Davis as Baby Jane, Mama Fratelli from The Goonies, and Derek Zoolander!
Can you do better? Watch the trailer and let us know if we missed anyone!
At the time of Space Jam’s release in 1996, its star-packed soundtrack album was arguably even more of an instant hit than the film, featuring original tracks that would go on to become classics in their own right such as R. Kelly’s ‘I Believe I Can Fly’, Seal’s ‘Fly Like an Eagle’ and ‘Hit ‘Em High (The Monstars’ Anthem)’ featuring B-Real, Busta Rhymes, Coolio, LL Cool J and Method Man.
Not to be outdone by its illustrious predecessor, the Space Jam 2 soundtrack has assembled an array of A-list talent including Lil Uzi Vert, SZA, Jonas Brothers, Lil Baby, John Legend and Lil Wayne. Look out for a track ‘About That Time’ featuring the too-talented-for-words Damian Lillard, who not only plays Chronos in the Goon Squad but also performs as Dame D.O.L.L.A.
And, last but by no means least, Salt-N-Pepa – the only artists featured on the original Space Jam album – are back for the Space Jam: A New Legacy soundtrack, joining forces with Saweetie and Kash Doll on the track ‘Hoops’.
The Space Jam 2 release date is 16 July 2021 and you know this is one to watch on the big screen with your mates.
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