LeBron James is ready to premiere his movie Space Jam: A New Legacy later this year, in a movie that has him very involved not only as an actor but as a producer and more. The Los Angeles Lakers star has perfectly adapted to the Hollywood lifestyle and he's ready to take the world by storm with this film.
Entertainment Weekly has shared the first images of LeBron playing with the Looney Tunes, including Bugs Bunny, one of the most famous cartoon characters ever created. The King had shared images of him working on the movie, we already saw the uniforms of the Tune Squad but now we learned more details about this movie.
For years LeBron James blocked questions about the most animated — and top secret — moment of his career. But now he's wide open.
"It's one of the biggest games, if not the biggest game, I've ever played in," he says. "The Goon Squad is probably the best team ever assembled in basketball history."
James, 36, is speaking one night in February after casually racking up 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in a decisive victory. No offense to the Denver Nuggets, the most recent victim in James and the Los Angeles Lakers' title defense, but the four-time NBA champ is discussing more intimidating circumstances, raising the question: With 16 All-Star appearances, four league MVP awards, and two Olympic gold medals, what adversity has King James not faced? What superteam has he not defeated, what stadium full of booing fans has he not conquered?
Hollywood royalty like Batman and King Kong courtside, for one. Not to mention the Goon Squad's powered-up roster of pros. Enter Space Jam: A New Legacy. James' well-received supporting roles and production empire aside, the film is a pricey test of both the athlete's crossover appeal as a leading man and a changing industry model: It's set to be one of the first event movies to welcome audiences back to theaters this summer, while its box office receipts battle the draw of a simultaneous July 16 streaming release on HBO Max.
"If you say theatrical movie, Space Jam is it," director Malcolm D. Lee insists. If James can overcome those odds, and save himself and his onscreen son from being trapped in the digital world of a rogue A.I. with an uncanny resemblance to Don Cheadle, he can add "A-list movie star" to his lengthy list of achievements.
This is expected to be one of the biggest hits in the theaters and mostly because of LeBron's participation. The 4x NBA champion has been successful in the NBA, but now the challenge gets a lot bigger for him. The 36-year-old is ready to lead another team to the promised land and get another win for his already impressive résumé.