Lakers’ LeBron James Reveals How Other NBA Stars Lined up to Feature in Space Jam

Published 03/14/2021, 1:29 PM EDT
Feb 28, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) takes the ball down court in the second half of the game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James has been the face of the NBA for 18 years now. He is probably the biggest star the league has seen since the departure of Michael Jordan. Ever since his debut in the NBA, LeBron has always been considered as the heir to Michael Jordan’s throne.

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It is only fitting that LBJ will star for the upcoming sequel of MJ’s iconic Space Jam. Along with LeBron, the movie will reportedly feature popular actors: Don Cheadle and Sonequa Martin-Green.

Given how he has been compared to MJ for the majority of his career, his new movie has seen a similar treatment so far. Be it the probable plot for the movie or the star cast involved in it, fans are eager to know every detail of the new movie.

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LeBron James opens up about other superstars starring in Space Jam: New Legacy

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, LeBron opened up about his new release. Similar to the 1997 superhit, the sequel will reportedly see a host of other stars from the NBA. LBJ revealed that there were multiple stars who wanted to star in the movie.

He said, “The phone would ring, the texts would come in, and then on social media a lot of people were tweeting at me saying, ‘Hey, I’m available for Space Jam if you need me. LOL. Asking for a friend.'”

Mar 7, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Team LeBron forward LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers (23) is introduced before the 2021 NBA All-Star Game at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

James also revealed why he thinks fellow players want to be a part of the sequel.

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“A lot of people my age or even younger just remember the classic. They remember Space Jam the original, and people want to be a part of it, because it’s something that lasts forever, something that’s timeless, and something that you can tell your kids and grandkids about.”

Given how popular Space Jam was, it is understandable why other superstars are interested to star in the movie. The rumored cast includes the likes of Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, and Klay Thompson to name a few.

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Directed by Malcolm D. Lee, Space Jam: New Legacy will hit the theaters on July 24, 2021. Can the sequel recreate the magic Space Jam had?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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