Michael Jordan To Have An Unexpected Role In ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’

For years after Michael Jordan took the floor with Bugs Bunny in Space Jam, attempts were made to bring His Airness back for a sequel. Those plans never took shape, and it wasn’t until nearly two decades later that LeBron James got the ball rolling on a followup. Now, as Space Jam: A New Legacy nears, it looks as if we’ll get to see Jordan, James, and Bugs finally share the floor. Sorta.

Don Cheadle, who plays the tech-villain Al-G Rhythm told Access Hollywood (via Yahoo!) that Michael Jordan does have a role in Space Jam: A New Legacy, but it may not be what any of us are hoping for…

“Michael Jordan is in the movie, but not in the way that you would expect it.”

So maybe this isn’t as much of a standalone sequel as we thought? I’m assuming Jordan will either voice a character or show up in some giant billboard or something like that.

The film is directed by Malcolm D. Lee and co-stars Sonequa Martin-Green as James’ wife, with Ceyair J. Wright, Cedric Joe, and Harper Leigh Alexander as their kids. Zendaya will provide the voice of Lola Bunny, joined by Eric Bauza, Jeff Bergman, Gabriel Iglesias, and Candi Milo. Voices for the evil Goon Squad are from Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson as Wet-Fire, Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis as The Brow, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard as Chronos, Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi as White Mamba, and Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike as Arachnneka.

Space Jam: A New Legacy opens July 16th in theaters and HBO Max.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.