The long-awaited sequel will feature NBA star LeBron James as the lead
Space Jam 2 has received an official release date, with the film set to arrive in cinemas in 2021.
The sequel to the much-loved live-action/animated movie, which came out back in 1996 and starred Michael Jordan alongside characters from the Looney Tunes universe, was finally confirmed back in September with LA Lakers player LeBron James cast as the star in what will be his first major acting role.
According to Variety, Space Jam 2 will be released by Warner Bros. on July 16, 2021 – just under 25 years on from the release of the original movie. James’ SpringHill Entertainment confirmed the news in an Instagram post last night (February 21), which you can see below.
Black Panther‘s Ryan Coogler will produce, with Random Acts of Flyness‘ Terence Nance in place to direct.
Production on Space Jam 2 is set to get underway later this year. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter back when the sequel was announced, James expressed his excitement for the movie.
“The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie,” James told the publication. “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. And I think Ryan did that for a lot of people [with Black Panther].”