New Space Jam starring Lebron released on July 16

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Hannah A. Papasin
Writer. Critic. Professor. She started writing since primary school and now has two published textbooks on communication. A film buff, she's a Communication, Media Literacy and Journalism Professor of the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod, and has a Master's Degree in English.

Remember Space Jam?

The 1996 animated sports flick released by Warner Bros. featured the biggest superstar to every live — bar none – Michael Jordan.  WB capitalized on the huge popularity of the superstar through a film that deftly combined live action with animation.

The premise was simple. MJ was abducted by Looney Tune characters led by Bugs Bunny, natch, because they need a champion against a race of aliens – the Nerdlucks — who siphoned off the powers of basketball greats to win a game against the rabbit and his friends.

The story does not make sense, but it doesn’t matter.

WB wanted to capitalize on the popularity Michael Jordan, and they did, to full measure.

Now, 25 years later, comes the sequel this time with National Basketball Association icon LeBron James in Space Jam: A New Legacy.

The new Jam is slated to be shown 16 July on theaters and on HBO Max and is directed by Malcolm D. Lee (Scary Movie 5, Girls Trip) along with Ryan Coogler and Maverick Carter.

The synopsis from the Warner Bros. website, Lebron must team up with Bugs, Lola, and the whole gang go battle against digitized champions that were transformed by a rogue A.I.

Lebron stars alongside Don Cheadle (hello War Machine!), Khris Davis (Judas and the Black Messiah), Sonequa Martin-Green, newcomer Cedric Joe, Jeff Bergman, and and Eric Bauza.

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