It’s been 25 years since Michael Jordan and his Tune Squad took on the evil Monstars in Space Jam, but we’re finally getting a new story with a new GOAT for a new generation of fans in Space Jam: A New Legacy. LeBron James suits up in the modernized update as, well, himself as he is transported to a digital realm ruled by an all-powerful A.I. named Al G. Rhythm (Don Cheadle). In order to free his son (Cedric Joe) and return to the real world, LeBron rallies a team of familiar characters — Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Lola Bunny, and more — to defeat Al G.’s own digitized Goon Squad. Ahead of the film’s release, Rotten Tomatoes correspondent Naz Perez chatted with stars Cheadle, Joe, and Sonequa Martin-Green; voice actors Zendaya and Gabriel Iglesias; and director Malcolm D. Lee about why the original cult classic endures to this day, and what it’s like to continue its – ahem – legacy. Plus, the stars reveal who they’d put on their own Goon Squad (Iglesias is a superhero fan, Cheadle wants cheaters) and Zendaya explains how similar the movie is to her own life growing up in a basketball family.
Space Jam: A New Legacy is in theaters and available to stream on HBO Max on Friday, July 16, 2021.