The Space Jam sequel is running about 25 years behind schedule, according to fans, but their long wait is about to pay off.
Ahead of Space Jam: A New Legacy's July 16 theatrical and HBO Max release, a new trailer has been served as an appetizer:
NEW TRAILER ALERT! LeBron James and the Tune Squad only have one shot to win the highest stakes game of their lives. Watch them battle it out on the court against the Goon Squad in Space Jam: A New Legacy in theaters and HBO Max – July 16. #SpaceJamMovie pic.twitter.com/TC1tnFy0EX— Space Jam: A New Legacy (@spacejammovie) June 9, 2021
In the nearly two-and-a-half-minute teaser, LeBron James is transformed into a cartoon and laments being "shorter than Kevin Hart" before getting better acquainted with his Tune Squad teammates. The only way LeBron can get his son, played by Cedric Joe, back from the evil AI-G Rhythm (Don Cheadle) is to win a basketball game against the Goon Squad, voiced by various NBA and WNBA stars such as Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Diana Taurasi and Nneka Ogwumike.
To make the stakes even higher, if King James can't win, all Looney Tunes will be deleted.
A New Legacy, directed by Malcolm D. Lee, was first teased via an Entertainment Weekly cover published in early March.
The first trailer arrived in early April:
Also Wednesday (June 9), it was reported that James will change his Los Angeles Lakers jersey number next season to No. 6, which he wore for A New Legacy and during his stint with the Miami Heat:
First look: LeBron James will change his Lakers jersey number to No. 6 next season after donning the number in his new movie “Space Jam: A New Legacy.” pic.twitter.com/VZksn1qVCy— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 9, 2021