When will Space Jam 2 be released starring LeBron James and who else is in the cast of the Ryan Coogler film?

Now he's set for his biggest challenge yet, as he's tasked with carrying the mantle for Space Jam 2, the long-awaited sequel to Jordan's 90s classic but when is it released and who's in the cast?

When will Space Jam 2 be released?

As of yet, Space Jam 2 has no official release date although the numbers conveniently placed in the Instagram teaser for the film heavily hints it will be January 23, 2021.

The teaser was dropped by LeBron's production company, SpringHill Entertainment, and The Warner Bros film will be produced by Black Panther's Ryan Coogler while Terence Nance is on directing duties.

The 33-year-old NBA star told The Hollywood Reporter he "loved" Coogler's vision for Black Panther, which he directed.

He 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.

Who else is in the cast of the Ryan Coogler film?

The original Space Jam included cameos from other sports stars and famous actors but there's no word yet who Warner Bros may be able to rope in for the sequel.

Aside from LeBron, relatively little is known about who will star in the film, however, Canadain voice actor Eric Bauza has been listed as the new voice of Bugs Bunny/ Daffy Duck.

The role was previously voiced by two different actors in 1996, with Billy West voicing the role of Bugs while Dee Bradley Baker brought Daffy to life.

There are also rumours Michael Jordan may be in line for a cameo appearance as well in the film with Maverick Carter revealing: "Hopefully there will be a role for Michael if he wants it."

Will the film be a direct sequel?

LeBron has already confirmed the film will not be a direct sequel to the hit 90s film, but it may launch a franchise.

The 1996 sports comedy featured an alternate reality of what occurred between Michael Jordan's initial retirement from the NBA in 1993 and his comeback in 1995.

During this time, he is enlisted by Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Loony Tunes gang to help them win a basketball match against a group of aliens who want to enslave them.

It raked in a whopping $250m (£188m) worldwide, making it the highest-grossing basketball movie of all time.

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