In what feels like a concept spawned from a meme that time forgot, production for Space Jam 2 is well underway now and news has just got out that Don Cheadle was seen taking to the court. The news originally came from Deadline with Cheadle eventually confirming it via his own Twitter account sometime after it went down and the world was turned into a post-apocalyptic world for about half an hour.
Details regarding Cheadle’s role are being kept quiet for the moment, but there’s a number of possibilities, including the chance that he may just be playing himself. Hey, it worked for Bill Murray.
So far, the talent involved does suggest that Warner Bros. is taking things seriously – as seriously as one can when Bugs Bunny takes to a basketball court. Produced by Ryan Coogler (Black Panther, Creed) and directed by Terence Nance (Random Acts of Flyness, The Oversimplification of Her Beauty) and starring LeBron James (presumably stepping in the same capacity as Michael Jordan did in the first film).
Other basketball stars including Portland Trailblazers’ Damian Lillard, New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, and Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson. Also joining the squad are Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi and Los Angeles Sparks’ siblings Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike will also be taking their acting shot. With that said, I don’t know who any of those people are, and wiki-ing to see if their real feels like an effort.
While it is a brave venture that feels dependant on nostalgia more than anything, James has proven in the past that he’s game for a laugh (his show-stealing effort in Trainwreck is still a highlight). Let’s hope he brings his A-game when he teams up with Bugs and the rest of the Looney Tunes when Space Jam 2 arrives July 16, 2021.