LeBron James and Warner Bros. released a new promo video for Space Jam: A New Legacy, which gives us our first look at the Tune Squad uniform which will be worn by his team will be wearing in the highly anticipated movie.
The production for the upcoming movie also recently finished, and James offered a great heartfelt speech telling that when the chance came along to make the sequel, he didn’t pause to jump at the chance.
“I’m gonna be honest completely with you guys – when I found out about the project, I was like it’s ‘Space Jam’! It’s a movie that I grew up watching. People in the movie that I idolize. I was like absolutely, I gotta do it. There’s no way I can turn down ‘Space Jam’!”
James then got a bit more personal saying:
“I’m just a small kid from Akron, Ohio – a very small town outside of Cleveland. From a single-parent household, I’m the only child, my mother had absolutely nothing. She was walking around high school when she was 16 years old and she was pregnant with me as a high school sophomore. So, I’m really not supposed to be here.
“Growing up in the inner city, as an African-American kid, there’s no way you’re supposed to fucking make it out. And, the fact that I’m who I am as an African-American adult now with three kids of my own, and I made it out of the situations that I was in. This shit is like extra credit for me man.”
The guy is a very talented basketball player, the kind of raw talent that no one can ignore. It’s damn cool that after working so hard, he was blessed with the chance to live his dream in more ways than just playing basketball. If you want, you can listen to the entire speech James made here.
We don’t know anything about the story of the movie, but Sonequa Martin-Green was earlier cast as LeBron’s wife. It’s also said that there’s a best friend character in the movie named Malik, “modeled after Maverick Carter, LeBron’s childhood friend and producing partner in SpringHill.” Don Cheadle also in the cast in an undisclosed role, but it’s rumored that he will be playing as a villain.
It was also earlier reported that NBA players Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, and Klay Thompson will appear in the movie along with WNBA stars Diana Taurasi and Nneka Ogwumike. Some more NBA and WNBA players, which include Chiney Ogwumike, are expected to appear in the film as well.
When talking about the film, James said:
“The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie. 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.”
Space Jam: A New Legacy is will hit theaters on July 16, 2021.
Would it be the Family Reunion without a special surprise?! @mavcarter gives our I Promise families the first ever look at @KingJames in his @spacejammovie ‘A New Legacy’ jersey! 👀🔥 pic.twitter.com/XsPYL1dvcU
— LeBron James Family Foundation (@LJFamFoundation) August 18, 2020