LeBron James, Ryan Coogler to team up for 'Space Jam' sequel

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LeBron James is teaming up with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler to create Space Jam 2, and the new Laker will star in the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Jordan starred in the original "Space Jam" in 1996, alongside a number of other National Basketball Association stars of the era; the MonStars team featured Muggsy Bogues, Larry Johnson, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing and Shawn Bradley. Pictured in the announcement is a locker room with clothing areas belonging to Bugs Bunny (who will be playing point guard in the movie), James (taking the role of small forward), Terence Nance (the movie's director) and Ryan Coogler (the movie's producer).

James told THR that he signed on, in part, because of Coogler's vision on Black Panther, noting there was no such thing as a black superhero.

"The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie", said James.

The news was announced on the Twitter and Instagram accounts belonging to James' SpringHill Entertainment. "And I think Ryan did that for a lot of people". "So for Ryan to be able to bring that to kids, it's incredible", James said. However, there have been discussions in involving Michael Jordan in some way. Filming is expected to start during the 2019 National Basketball Association offseason.

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Earlier in the year, SpringHill caused some speculation when it posted an image of the original Space Jam movie's website, which to this day remains active on the web.

This will mark James' first on-screen role since 2015's Trainwreck, which saw the basketball star hold his own surprisingly well with scene partners like Amy Schumer and Bill Hader.

Production on the "Space Jam" sequel is tentatively scheduled to begin in the summer of 2019.

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