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Save the date: ‘Space Jam 2’ premiere date announced

The highly anticipated LeBron James-starring “Space Jam 2” now has a release date, according to an announcement by the Los Angeles Lakers superstar’s production company, SpringHill Entertainment, on Twitter.

According to a tweet that features an image of James in a “Tune Squad” jersey alongside Bugs Bunny and Lola Bunny, “Space Jam 2” will premiere on July 16, 2021.

The major announcement comes on the heels of James announcing during All-Star Weekend that filming for “Space Jam 2” is slotted to begin this summer.

Ryan Coogler, the co-writer and director of the Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster “Black Panther” — not to mention co-writer and director of “Rocky” sequel “Creed” — has been attached to the “Space Jam” project as producer.

Meanwhile, Terence Nance, best known as the creator of HBO’s “Random Acts of Flyness,” will serve as the film’s director. James of course will star in the film and also serves as one if its executive producers along with longtime business partner Maverick Carter.

Interestingly, it’s been reported that Michael Jordan, of course the star of the original “Space Jam,” could conceivably have some level of involvement in “Space Jam 2.” Carter subsequently indicated Jordan would be most welcomed in any role or capacity.

Last fall, James admitted to feeling pressure at stepping into the shoes of Jordan and putting his stamp on such an iconic concept.

“The ‘Space Jam’ collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie,” James said. “It’s so much bigger. I’d just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel and how empowered they can be if they don’t just give up on their dreams.”