It finally happened. Space Jam 2 has released an official trailer for its premiere this summer. The film, directed by NBA legend LeBron James and written by Malcolm Lee, is a direct sequel to the 1996 hit film Space Jam. So far we haven’t had many glimpses of the film, and now the trailer offers even more for fans to look forward to. You can watch the video below.
The new sequel follows LeBron James and his youngest son (Joe) as they are held captive in virtual space by a sinister algorithm called AI-G Rhythm (Cheadle). To get home safely to his son, LeBron must team up with the Tune Squad – which includes Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and Lola Bunny – to defeat a basketball team of digitized AI-G champions.
APPROPRIATE: The Space Jam 2 teaser will be released on April Fool’s Day, with the first trailer coming this Saturday.
LeBron James plays a fictionalized version of himself in the film Space Jam 2, which also features Don Cheadle, Sonequa Martin-Green, Cedric Joe, Sear J. Wright, Harper Lee Alexander, Alex Huerta and Chris Davis. The Looney Tunes cast includes Eric Bauza (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Marvin Marcian, Tweety), Jeff Bergman (Sylvester, Foghorn Ligorn), Kat Soucy (Lola Bunny) and Gabriel Iglesias (Speedy Gonzales).
Before the release of the trailer, Space Jam 2 was the subject of some controversy due to the removal of Pepe Le Pew from the film’s sequel. When former director Terence Nance was on board, Pepe appeared in a scene with singer Grace Santo, with the latter putting the former in his place when the cartoon skunk began flirting with her. Once Lee came on board, the scene was deleted and Pepe was removed from the film.
Another source of controversy was the redesign of Lola Bunny, which was made much more family friendly. In an interview about the controversy, director Malcolm D. Lee explained why changes were made to the sequel, and the bottom line is that the director doesn’t feel it necessary to sexualize the cartoon rabbit.
Lola [Rabbit] was very sexualized, like Betty Boop mixed with Jessica Rabbit. Lola was not politically correct, Lee told Entertainment Weekly. It’s a kid’s movie, why is she on top? It seemed unnecessary, but at the same time it has been talked about in cartoons for a long time. The year is 2021. It is important to portray the authenticity of strong and capable female characters.
Lee added: She has probably the most human characteristics of Melody; she has no carrot, goose or stutter. So we reworked a lot of things, not only her look, making sure she had the right length shorts and that she was feminine without being objectified, but we also gave her a real voice.
Space Jam: New Legacy will be released on the 16th. July 2021, in theaters and on HBO Max. Time will tell if the new sequel will be as successful as the original, which is still the highest earning basketball movie of all time. We will know this summer if we have a new champion. The new official trailer for Space Jam 2 comes from Warner Bros. Photos.
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