Warner Bros. has dropped the first trailer for Space Jam: A New Legacy, a follow-up to the Michael Jordan-starrer from 1996. Yeah, it’s somehow been around 25 years since Space Jam.
LeBron James is the basketball icon meeting the classic animated characters this time around, in a plot that finds the NBA star and his son, Dom (Cedric Joe), trapped in a digital universe thanks to the actions of an evil computer algorithm, Al-G Rhythm (Don Cheadle).
As you’d expect, it’s a high-energy, ultra-colourful trailer, one that also teases a Ready Player One-style universe of Warner Bros. IP. Among the blink-and-you’ll-miss-’em cameos: The Iron Giant, King Kong, The Flintstones, and even Pennywise. Of course, the main Tunes are also here, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Sylvester, Foghorn Leghorn, Porky Pig and Lola Bunny (voiced by Zendaya). Although, no Pepe Le Pew – he’s been cancelled.
Space Jam: A New Legacy, directed by Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip, Night School) and also starring Sonequa Martin-Green as LeBron’s wife, Kamiyah James, will be in Australian cinemas from July 15th and will have a US release in cinemas and HBO Max on July 16th.
Official synopsis for Space Jam: A New Legacy:
ABOUT SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY – Welcome to the Jam! NBA champion and global icon LeBron James goes on an epic adventure alongside timeless Tune Bugs Bunny with the animated/live-action event “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” from director Malcolm D. Lee and an innovative filmmaking team including Ryan Coogler and Maverick Carter.
This transformational journey is a manic mashup of two worlds that reveals just how far some parents will go to connect with their kids. When LeBron and his young son Dom are trapped in a digital space by a rogue A.I., LeBron must get them home safe by leading Bugs, Lola Bunny and the whole gang of notoriously undisciplined Looney Tunes to victory over the A.I.’s digitised champions on the court: a powered-up roster of professional basketball stars as you’ve never seen them before. It’s Tunes versus Goons in the highest-stakes challenge of his life, that will redefine LeBron’s bond with his son and shine a light on the power of being yourself.
The ready-for-action Tunes destroy convention, supercharge their unique talents and surprise even “King” James by playing the game their own way.