With plenty of buzz surrounding the production of Space Jam 2, LeBron James confirmed over All-Star Weekend that filming will commence in the NBA offseason.
The long-rumoured sequel to Michael Jordan's 1996 cult classic will see Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes crew alongside James, but no details of the plot or release date have been revealed as of yet. Regardless, it seems like every single NBA player wants to be in the film.
After the initial announcement that the film had the green light in September of 2018, plenty of players took to Instagram to express their interest in joining James on set. Every current NBA player pretty much grew up with Space Jam, so a spot on the Moron Mountain roster will no doubt be highly coveted.
Who's getting a call from Bron's acting agent? 🎭 pic.twitter.com/Emgn84IFaE- Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 20, 2018
The original film saw Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Shawn Bradley, Larry Johnson and Muggsy Bogues all have their basketball powers stolen by the Nerdlucks, who then became the Monstars. Assuming another super team has to be assembled by Mr. Swackhammer, here's our list of current NBA players we'd like to see in Space Jam 2.
Griffin is arguably the most accomplished funnyman in the NBA, performing stand up sets, comedy roasts and a long line of hilarious KIA commercials.
In 2016, Michael Jordan said that if a sequel was to be made, he would pick Griffin to be the lead, but for now he'll have to settle for a spot on the Monstars roster.
Griffin already has experience working with Looney Tunes, starring alongside Marvin the Martian in a commercial for the Jordan Superfly 4 sneaker.
You simply can't make Space Jam 2 without Blake.
Kyrie made the leap into the acting world last summer with the release of "Uncle Drew." He's already got some Hollywood credibility behind him.
While his split from LeBron and Cleveland wasn't exactly smooth, all can be forgiven for the sake of a Hollywood blockbuster (probably), making Kyrie an instant pick for Space Jam.
Kids love Kyrie and you need a small guy who is relatable to the younger generation and isn't a gigantic Monstar-like NBA player (see Muggsy Bogues).
Most of the time when you're watching Kyrie dribble through entire NBA defenses, you'd be forgiven for thinking he might actually be from another planet.
Basically, we need someone to take Shawn Bradley's spot in the film as the outrageously tall guy to re-create this scene:
If KP is unavaliable, let's get Boban Marjanovic on the phone.
The Greek Freak has global appeal and might be the most likable player in the NBA, so much so that he could have you rooting for the Monstars.
Again, this is a kids movie, so Giannis is the perfect fit. He's humongous, hilarious and has a cool nickname. Book it.
Simmons is already part of LeBron's production empire, with SpringHill Entertainment and NBC set to produce a TV comedy titled "Brotherly Love" based on his childhood, so it only makes sense that Simmons be on deck for their next venture.
Who better to take on LeBron than his protégé?
🏀 🥕 🎬 pic.twitter.com/Ay6wRaB915- SpringHill Ent. (@SpringHillEnt) September 19, 2018
All of these guys, minus Porzingis, are Nike athletes as well, opening the door for a Space Jam sneaker for everyone.
Thanks to the original movie, we got the Air Jordan 11 "Space Jam" sneaker. Surely that means LeBron and Nike will be cooking up something.
Either way, I'm copping the "Air Simmo Monstar 1s."
Let me dream.