'Space Jam: A New Legacy': Live stream, release date, plot, cast and all you need to know about LeBron James and Looney Tunes film on HBO Max
Bugs Bunny is back! And this time, NBA superstar LeBron James will team up with the kids' icon and the rest of the Looney Tunes stars for the long-awaited sequel to the 1996 Michael Jordan starrer 'Space Jam', which became the highest-grossing basketball film of all time.
On Thursday, March 4, LeBron James, who is set to play the lead role, posted what were the first officially released images from the sports comedy film 'Space Jam: A New Legacy'.
The NBA star posted four official photos with quite a few DC characters featuring alongside him. Like the first movie, 'Space Jam 2' features a bunch of beloved characters, including Tweety, Daffy Duck and Marvin the Martian all mentioned in the cast. Here's all you need to know about the upcoming movie.
'Space Jam: A New Legacy' is scheduled to be released theatrically and on HBO Max in the United States on July 16, 2021, by Warner Bros. Pictures. The release will mark the first theatrically-released film to feature the Looney Tunes characters since 'Looney Tunes: Back in Action' (2003), and like the previous hybrid films, it will combine live-action and traditional hand-drawn 2D animation with CGI effects.
Basketball champion and global icon LeBron James and his young son Dom – who dreams of being a video game developer – are trapped in a virtual space by a rogue algorithm named Al-G Rhythm. The duo goes an epic adventure, as the NBA star needs to get himself and his son home safe by leading Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Lola Bunny and the whole gang of notoriously undisciplined Looney Tunes stars to victory over the Al-G's digitized champions on the court.
The champions are a powered-up roster of basketball stars like you’ve never seen them before.
The basketball icon plays himself in the new film. The Los Angeles Laker frequently compared to Michael Jordan has also starred in films like 'More than a Game' (2008), 'Square Roots: The Story of SpongeBob SquarePants' (2009), 'Trainwreck' (2015) and 'Smallfoot' (2018).
Don Cheadle plays Al-G Rhythm, an evil computer algorithm. The actor dons several hats as an author, director, producer and writer. The Academy Award nominee and Primetime Emmy Award and Golden-Globe-winning actor has collaborated with director Steven Soderbergh in films like 'Out of Sight' (1998), 'Traffic' (2000), and 'The Ocean's Trilogy' (2001–2007).
Cheadle extended his global recognition with his role as the superhero War Machine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, replacing Terrence Howard.
Sonequa Martin-Green plays Kamiyah, LeBron's wife. She is best known for her television roles as Michael Burnham, main character in the web television series 'Star Trek: Discovery', and as Sasha Williams on 'The Walking Dead'.
She also starred as Courtney Wells on 'The Good Wife', Rhonda in 'New Girl' and as Tamara in ABC's 'Once Upon a Time'.
Canadian voice actor Eric Bauza is set to play a whole bunch of characters including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Marvin the Martian, Tweety, and Pepé Le Pew. The comedian, brief late-night host, and animation artist has played the roles of Foop on 'The Fairly OddParents', Lord Stingray on 'Superjail!', the Beagle Boys on 'DuckTales', Master Frown on 'Unikitty!', Flip Champion on 'Ballmastrz: 9009' and Leonardo in 'Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'.
He is also one of the current voices for Woody Woodpecker, Boo-Boo Bear, Ranger Smith, Atom Ant, Scrappy-Doo and Dino.
Robert Bergen plays Porky Pig. The voice actor formerly hosted a kids’ game show 'Jep!', adapted from the popular game show 'Jeopardy!'. He is also known for voicing characters in the English dubs of various anime. He played 'Arsène Lupin III' for the Streamline Pictures dubs in the late 1980s and early '90s, including Soji Yoshikawa's 'The Mystery of Mamo', and Hayao Miyazaki's 'The Castle of Cagliostro' and 'Lupin III's Greatest Capers'.
He also played the part of No-Face in the 2001 Academy Award-winning Studio Ghibli film 'Spirited Away' and Kai and Masaru in the Streamline-dubbed version of the anime classic 'Akira'.
Additionally, NBA players Klay Thompson, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, Draymond Green and Kyle Kuzma as well as WNBA players Diana Taurasi, Nneka Ogwumike and Chiney Ogwumike are set to make cameo appearances.
The live-action/animated sports comedy film is directed by Malcolm D Lee. Terence Nance, the original director of the film, left during production because of creative differences, with Lee taking his place. The director has worked on numerous comedy films, including 'The Best Man' (1999), 'Undercover Brother' (2002), 'Soul Men' (2008), 'Scary Movie 5' (2013), 'Girls Trip' (2017), and 'Night School' (2018).
The screenplay is by Juel Taylor, Tony Rettenmaier, Keenan Coogler and Terence Nance. Hans Zimmer was earlier announced to be the composer for the film, but it was later revealed that Kris Bowers will have sole credit. Bowers is taking over for James Newton Howard, who scored the first film.
We will update this space once it is released.
Where to watch and how to live stream
'Space Jam: A New Legacy' is set to release on July 16, 2021. It can be streamed on HBO Max.
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