LeBron James gets animated in 'Space Jam: A New Legacy' trailer

LeBron James has an animated counterpart in Space Jam: A New Legacy. File  Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
LeBron James has an animated counterpart in "Space Jam: A New Legacy." File  Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

June 9 (UPI) -- Warner Brothers released a new trailer for Space Jam: A New Legacy Wednesday. The film, starring LeBron James and the Looney Tunes, premieres July 16 in theaters and on HBO Max.

In the trailer, James is lured to a digital space in which he becomes animated himself and meets Bugs Bunny. Don Cheadle plays the evil computer program who kidnapped James' son (Cedric Joe).


Cheadle's character challenges James to a basketball game to win his son back. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Lola Bunny (voice of Zendaya), Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Tasmanian Devil, Porky Pig and more classic animated characters play on James' Toon Squad.

On the court, a force field prevents the live-action James from leaving the court and seeing his wife (Sonequa Martin-Green). The Looney Tunes are also playing for their lives, as Cheadle threatens to delete them if they lose.

A New Legacy is the sequel to 1996's Space Jam. The original film starred Michael Jordan as himself, whom the Looney Tunes summon to help them play basketball against space captors.

Jordan remained live-action in the original film, which also featured cameos from Wayne Knight and Bill Murray. Malcolm D. Lee directs Space Jam: A New Legacy.

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