This Friday, fans will be welcomed back to the Space Jam as NBA great LeBron James joins forces with the Looney Tunes in Space Jam: A New Legacy. The film is a sequel to the 1996 film Space Jam. This time around, James and the Tunes team up to take on the Goon Squad and A-G Rhythm (Don Cheadle) to save James’ son. This will be the first theatrical release to feature the Looney Tunes since 2003’s Looney Tunes: Back in Action.
LeBron will not be alone, as fellow NBA stars Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, and Klay Thompson will be part of the Goon Squad. WNBA players Diana Taurasi and Nneka Ogwumike will be joining them to round out the athletes with starring roles in this live-action, traditional hand-drawn animation, and 3D CGI effects hybrid.
Lola Bunny, a character that was created for the first film, will return and will be voiced by Zendaya. Unfortunately, the Monstars will not be returning since this film is a standalone sequel. However, like the first film, there will be plenty of cameos from the NBA world including Ernie Johnson, Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul, Draymond Green, Kyle Kuzma, and more.
Not only will the film be released in theaters but cord cutters can watch Space Jam: A New Legacy from the comfort of their own home for 30-days with HBO Max Ad-Free for $14.99/month.
To get you ready for Space Jam: A New Legacy, here are 6 movies starring NBA players to stream now.
Uncle Drew (2018)
A Pepsi Max commercial turned into a feature-length film is the idea behind this Kyrie Irving-led film. Irving stars as Uncle Drew, the titular character, who tries to defy the odds by winning the Rucker Classic streetball tournament at an advanced age. Other NBA players in the film include Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Aaron Gordon, Reggie Miller, and Nate Robinson. All-time great WNBA player Lisa Leslie also has a prominent role in the film. The film also stars Lil Rel Howery, Erica Ash, J. B. Smoove, Mike Epps, Tiffany Haddish, and Nick Kroll.
He’s Got Game (1998)
Credited as one of the best performances by an NBA player, Ray Allen stars as Jesus Shuttleworth, a top-ranked prospect who is heavily recruited to go to the state governor’s alma mater, so his father, Jake Shuttleworth (Denzel Washington), can get a reduced prison sentence after murdering his wife. Allen’s performance was nominated for the MTV Movie Award Best Breakthrough Male Performance in 1999.
Ray Allen is joined by fellow Basketball Hall of Famers Shaquille O’Neal, Reggie Miller, Bill Walton, Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan, and Charles Barkley in this Spike Lee Joint.
Shaquille O’Neal stars as the titular character in a musical fantasy comedy about a boy and genie that has caused the Mandela Effect for a lot of Millennials. Unlike Aladdin and his lamp, Kazaam is a 5,000-year-old genie that will grant 3 wishes after he is summoned from a boombox.
Before he won his first NBA Finals, Finals MVP, or NBA MVP, Kevin Durant starred in the kids’ film Thunderstruck. The film is about a 16-year-old boy whose playing abilities get swapped with Durant’s. Durant would say that missing shots on purpose were harder than any of the acting he did in the film. Former Thunder players and NBA MVPs Russell Westbrook and James Harden also star in the film.
The Perfect Score (2004)
NBA star Darius Miles is joined by pre-Avengers Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson in a teen comedy heist-film about New Jersey high school students trying to get the best scores on their SATs. The film borrows from other popular high school teen comedies such as The Breakfast Club and Dazed and Confused, yet delves into relatable themes like morality, individuality, and feelings.
Space Jam (1996)
Ask any child of the ’90s about the original Space Jam and they will tell you it was a moment you had to be there for. The cultural phenomenon saw Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes in a fictional account of what happened between Michael Jordan’s first retirement in 1993 before his return to the court in 1995. The film featured other popular 90’s NBA players Charles Barkley, Shawn Bradley, Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson, Muggsy Bogues, and Larry Bird.
Shot on a budget of $80 million, the live-action/animated sports comedy grossed over $250 million worldwide at the box office making it the highest-grossing basketball movie of all time. Not only was the film a box office success, but it has been reported that the film made over $1 billion in merchandise sales, which time will tell if the sequel can outdo the original.
Space Jam: A New Legacy will be in theaters everywhere and HBO Max on Friday, July 16.
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