It’s here and ready to jam. Space Jam: A New Legacy has gotten another official trailer. Previously, Warner Bros. had released a full trailer for the film giving fans a preview of the upcoming team between LeBron James and the Looney Tunes gang for another partially animated high stakes basketball game. With the premiere looming just over a month to come, the studio just released another trailer for the expected sequel which you can check out below.
The film is a direct sequel to the 1996 sports film Space Jam, which saw Michael Jordan and the Tune Squad take on the Monstars in basketball. This time around, it’s LeBron James who will hit the pitch with the cartoon characters to play ball against a team of digital champions created by a rogue algorithm. The only way for James to save himself and his son from being trapped forever in the “Serververse” is to defeat the high powered digital basketball players in a match.
“It’s one of the biggest games, if not the biggest game I’ve ever played”, James lebron told Entertainment Weekly about the game. “The Goon Squad is possibly the best team to ever put together in basketball history.”
Don Cheadle voices AI-G Rhythm, the evil algorithm. Also featured in Jam space 2 as LeBron’s family members are Sonequa Martin-Green as his wife and Cedric Joe, Ceyair J. Wright and Harper Leigh Alexander playing his children. The voice cast includes Jeff Bergman (Bugs Bunny, Sylvester), Eric Bauza (Daffy Duck, Marvin the Martian), Zendaya (Lola Bunny), Bob Bergen (Porky Pig, Tweety), Jim Cummings (Tasmanian Devil), Gabriel Iglesias ( Speedy Gonzales) and Candi Milo (Granny).
Some Looney Tunes fans will notice that the cartoon skunk Pepe Le Pew is not in the sequel. It was intentionally removed when director Malcolm D. Lee took over the project from Terence Nance. Although a scene with Pepe was even filmed for inclusion in the film, it was left on the editing room floor due to the controversial nature of the smelly animated skunk. He was also banned from showing up even for a special background appearance, which was criticized after Pennywise and the Droogs from A clockwork orange were seen in the first trailer.
There have been other controversies around Jam space 2. Lola Bunny’s redesign has drawn some criticism from some who say there was no need for a makeover. Meanwhile, others have said they will boycott the sequel based on a controversial tweet posted to LeBron’s Twitter account. None of this was good news, but since there’s always a lot of excitement surrounding the sequel, it’s still likely to work out pretty well. For his part, director Malcolm D. Lee is hoping that more people will take part in the theatrical experience rather than airing it on HBO Max.
“If you say movie film, Space jam that’s it, “he said.
Space Jam: a new legacy hits theaters on July 16, 2021. On the same day, it will also be available to stream on HBO Max for a 30-day window. The new trailer comes to us from Warner Bros. Pictures.
Topics: Space Jam 2, Space Jam, Looney Tunes