Cue the Space Jam theme song ‘cause Looney Tunes is back in action.
After hearing about the possibility of having a sequel to Space Jam over the past few years, it finally seems to be moving to pre-production with the release of a list of names of people who will be featured.
We already knew that LeBron James would be taking over the lead role from Michael Jordan. But get excited because we have some other big names coming in, both from the NBA and the WNBA.
According to NBA reporter Shams Charania, Space Jam 2 will star Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers, and Klay Thompson of the recently defeated Golden State Warriors (Raps in 6!). From the WNBA Diana Taurasi of Phoenix Mercury, Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks, with Ogwumike’s sister, Chiney Ogwumike, are also expected to make an appearance. But if this sequel will be anything like the original, we’re sure that many more players will have cameos, hopefully some more female players. Maybe even a Raptor will make it on the big screen.
If you’re hoping Steph Curry will surprise us all with a cameo, we’re sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but that isn’t happening. In an interview with NBA writer Sopan Deb, Curry cleared the air and explained why he wouldn’t appear. “I said no. The timing of it…Part of it was in terms of things I had going on. It was just the timing, to be honest. Not being able to commit.”
Curry on Space Jam 2: It was “for sure” hard to turn down. pic.twitter.com/ZDOVZXaul0
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) June 22, 2019
The original film, released in 1996, starred Bill Murray and Wayne Knight, along with now-retired players Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Shawn Bradley, Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson, and Muggsy Bogues. A bunch of other ballers made cameo appearances, though none of them were women. Glad we are seeing inclusivity in the sequel.
And while there is no further information on the plot of the film, we can all agree that we want Michael Jordan to make an appearance. It won’t be the Tune Squad without their star.
The film is slated for release on July 16, 2021, so that gives us a lot of times to get more updates, brush up on our Looney Tunes knowledge, and watch the original Space Jam on repeat.