The sequel to the cult classic basketball movie Space Jam is still in production, and now it’s been reported that it’ll have a stellar cast of famous basketball players. Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reports that a series of NBA and WNBA stars will join LeBron James in the movie.
Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, and Klay Thompson will feature in the movie alongside WNBA stars Diana Taurasi, Nneka Ogwumike, and Chiney Ogwumike. “Several more” NBA and WNBA players will have roles in the film, Charania reported based on unnamed sources.
Sources: Space Jam 2, starring LeBron James, is expected to feature key roles for Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis and Klay Thompson and WNBA stars Diana Taurasi and Nneka Ogwumike. Several more NBA and WNBA players, including Chiney Ogwumike, are expected to play roles in film.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 20, 2019
The 1996 original Space Jam featured the world’s biggest basketball star at the time, Michael Jordan, in the lead role. Now it’s James, who is also considered to be one of basketball’s biggest names. Actress Sonequa Martin-Green plays James’ wife in Space Jam 2, but no other actors have been confirmed for the movie.
The original film featured numerous famous basketball players of the time, with Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, and others joining Jordan. They teamed up with Looney Tunes characters in a very high-stakes basketball game. Bill Murray was also in the movie.
Klay Thompson recently tore his ACL, but it’s not clear what effect–if any–this may have on his supposed role in Space Jam 2.
Black Panther director Ryan Coogler is set to produce Space Jam 2, with Terence Nance (Random Acts of Flyness) on board to direct.
The director of the original Space Jam, Joe Pytka, doesn’t think a sequel is a good idea; he thinks it’s “doomed.”