- The 1996 film Space Jam starring Michael Jordan is an iconic movie that is set to have a sequel starring LeBron James.
- If things go as planned, Space Jam 2 will hit theaters sometime during the summer of 2021
- Recently leaked video reveals that the highly anticipated film will include a number of intriguing cameos from the likes of The Mask, NBA star Damian Lillard, and more.
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Space Jam isn’t an award-winning movie by any means, but the 1996 film starring Michael Jordan and an assortment of other NBA stars is certainly iconic. And seeing as we currently live in a media landscape where movie executives are more interested in reboots and sequels than they are with developing original content, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that there’s going to be a second installment of the beloved space-themed action-comedy hitting theaters soon.
Naturally called Space Jam 2, the sequel will have LeBron James in the starring role and is set to be released on July 16th of next year. Suffice it to say, Space Jam 2 will likely be a huge box office success bolstered by the nostalgia for the first film and the star power of LeBron James.
So what can we expect out of a sequel that’s coming more than 20 years after the original? Well, plot details remain a bit fuzzy, but a leaked video that found its way on Instagram reveals that the film will feature cameos from The Mask, Voldemort, the Joker, and more. Indeed, if you look closely you can even get a quick glimpse of the Wicked Witch from the Wizard of Oz.
Are any of these cameos surprising? Not at all. If anything, we should expect a lot more surprises once the film is released given the sheer number of celebrity appearances we saw in the original.
Some of the confirmed cameos we’ve seen already include Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trailblazers, and more.
“The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie,” James said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter a few years back. “It’s so much bigger. I’d just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel and how empowered they can be if they don’t just give up on their dreams.”
Interestingly, and not at all surprising, LeBron James had Warner Brothers build a gym on the lot so that the Lakers star could touch up on his skills during filming.