Space Jam: A New Legacy star Don Cheadle says Michael Jordan has a role in the upcoming sequel but not in a way fans will expect.
There’s not too long to go until Space Jam: A New Legacy arrives in theaters and on HBO Max later this year, but many fans have wondered whether Michael Jordan would return for the sequel since he appeared in the first film back in 1996. But now Don Cheadle (who plays a rogue A.I. in the film opposite LeBron James) has confirmed that Michael Jordan is set to return – but with some kind of twist.
When speaking to Access Hollywood, Don Cheadle was asked about Michael Jordan’s potential return, and although the Marvel star didn’t offer any specific details about his role, he did confirm that Jordan will return. However, in his brief answer, Cheadle noted that fans won’t expect the way he comes back. Since the first trailer for Space Jam: A New Legacy showed off hordes of Warner Bros. characters in the digital space alongside LeBron James – it’s not impossible the filmmakers might reuse footage from Jordan’s original appearance, but that’s just speculation.
“Michael Jordan is in the movie. But not in the way you’d expect it.”
What do you make of the Space Jam: A New Legacy news? Are you excited to see Michael Jordan return for the sequel opposite Don Cheadle? Sound-off in the comments below!
Here is the official synopsis:
Welcome to the Jam! NBA champion and global icon LeBron James goes on an epic adventure alongside timeless Tune Bugs Bunny with the animated/live-action event “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” from director Malcolm D. Lee and an innovative filmmaking team including Ryan Coogler and Maverick Carter. This transformational journey is a manic mashup of two worlds that reveals just how far some parents will go to connect with their kids. When LeBron and his young son Dom are trapped in a digital space by a rogue A.I., LeBron must get them home safe by leading Bugs, Lola Bunny and the whole gang of notoriously undisciplined Looney Tunes to victory over the A.I.’s digitized champions on the court: a powered-up roster of professional basketball stars as you’ve never seen them before. It’s Tunes versus Goons in the highest-stakes challenge of his life, that will redefine LeBron’s bond with his son and shine a light on the power of being yourself. The ready-for-action Tunes destroy convention, supercharge their unique talents and surprise even “King” James by playing the game their own way.
Directed by Malcolm D. Lee from a script written by Ryan Coogler and Sev Ohanian, Space Jam: A New Legacy stars LeBron James, Sonequa Martin-Green as Savannah James, Ceyair J. Wright as LeBron “Bronny” James Jr, and Don Cheadle. Ryan Coogler is also on board as a producer alongside LeBron James under his SpringHill Entertainment label, Duncan Henderson, and SpringHill’s Maverick Carter. Justin Lin, Sev Ohanian and Jamal Henderson are executive producing.
Space Jam: A New Legacy is currently scheduled to be released in theaters and on HBO Max on July 16, 2021. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the Warner Bros. movie and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content!