LeBron James has reportedly had a difficult time finding NBA stars to join him on the set of Space Jam 2. For instance, Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo has already declined the opportunity, and The Hollywood Reporter recently reported that Stephen Curry and James Harden likely won’t take part either, due to their sneaker brand affiliations.
On top of that, two-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant is also uninterested in a role in Space Jam 2 because he’s pursuing his own media projects, which includes the Apple series “Swagger,” a scripted basketball drama inspired by Durant’s AAU playing days.
As the search for a cast of NBA players to fill the role of the Monstars continues, LeBron need not look any further than his own Lakers teammates.
During a recent episode of “The House of Highlights Show,” Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball said he’d “love” to be in Space Jam 2, if he’s asked to be in it. When asked about the possibility, Lonzo says, “You gotta ask him [LeBron]. He knows I’d love to be in it. So, we’ll see. We’ll see what happens.”
The Hollywood Reporter’s Tatiana Siegel recently provided some insight about the Space Jam 2 script, specifically how LeBron’s family arc will play a central role in the film, rather than a roster of NBA All Stars.
“Those familiar with the script say Space Jam 2 will rely less heavily on a Dream Team of hoops luminaries than the Michael Jordan-led film, which saw more than a dozen real-life NBA stars cameo and grossed $231 million worldwide, not adjusted for inflation. Instead, LeBron’s family arc is key, with a yet-to-be-cast teen character named Dom as the second lead, sources say.”
Space Jam 2 won’t hit theaters until July 16, 2021 – but you can check out the entertaining Space Jam 2 x NBA 2K trailer here.