Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Ryan Coogler to Produce a ‘Space Jam’ Sequel Starring Lebron James

Ryan Coogler to Produce a ‘Space Jam’ Sequel Starring Lebron James

"Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler has come on board as a producer on Warner Bros.' "Space Jam" sequel, starring LeBron James.

Announced by SpringHill Entertainment, the 14-time All-Star is set to star in "Space Jam 2" that has been speculated about for multiple years. Early reports indicate that the Black Panther director has ideas that would take the sequel in an interesting direction.

"James" most recent acting role on the big screen was 2015's Trainwreck, alongside with Amy Schumer and Bill Hader.

LeBron is set to star in the "Space Jam" sequel, meaning he'll take the reigns from Michael Jordan as the National Basketball Association lead sharing the court with animated Looney Tunes characters. Not only did he make a move to the Western Conference in signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, but he and Maverick Carter's SpringHill Entertainment expanded their portfolio to include "The Shop" on HBO, "Do or Dare" on Facebook Watch and the upcoming docu series "Warriors of Liberty City" on Starz.

"I loved his vision [for Black Panther]", James told the Reporter. 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. "So for Ryan to be able to bring that to kids, it's fantastic".

Heading into the 16th year of his professional basketball career, James has continued to perform at a high level and achieve many accolades, most recently bringing a championship to Cleveland as a part of the Cavaliers roster in 2016.

James appearing in Space Jam and essentially replacing Jordan is another weird subtext to the never-ending debate about whether James is the greatest basketball player ever or if Jordan still retains that role.

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