It’s been 25 years since basketball legend Michael Jordan walked off the court to his own movie in Space Jam. Now the ball has gone to LeBron James, who, like Jordan, is entering the world of the Loony Tunes alongside cartoon icons Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.
Space Jam: A New Legacy premiered Monday at the LA Live entertainment complex in downtown Los Angeles, where James talked about stepping into Jordan’s sneakers.
“I was extremely nervous to even remake this movie,” he said. “But I’ve put my heart into it, I’ve obviously put my craziness into it with the Tunes and committed to it. I’m curious to see what people are actually going to see.”
The purple carpet was filled with celebrities, from Zendaya, who voices Lola Bunny, and Don Cheadle, who plays villain Al G. Rhythm, to John Legend and G-Eazy, who have songs on the film’s score. Basketball stars Klay Thompson and Anthony Davis also attended the premiere.
More family oriented than the original Space Jam, this sequel sees LeBron James trying to save his son Dom (Cedric Joe) by winning a basketball game with Bugs Bunny, voiced by Jeff Bergman.
When asked how this was different from the first film, Sonequa Martin-Green, who stars as James’s wife, said she grew up with that film.
“I think that film was very important and necessary for that time and so I hope this film does the same,” she said. “I hope it brings people together because I think it has everything it needs to become a new classic.”
James was also aware of the legacy of Space Jam: A New Legacy, adding: “I hope I continue to make Michael proud. He’s someone I looked up to as a kid and hopefully this is another step in that direction.” .”
Space Jam: A New Legacy hits theaters and streams on HBO Max this Friday.