Stephen Curry weighs in on passing up role in ‘Space Jam 2’
Stephen Curry will not be among the basketball luminaries who will make an appearance in the LeBron James-starring “Space Jam 2,” and the Golden State Warriors superstar insists passing up on a role was due to scheduling conflicts.
A report from The New York Times last week indicated Curry “was asked but said no, citing scheduling issues” for his inability to take part in the film.” In a recent interview with Complex, Curry confirmed as much.
“I know LeBron and Ryan Coogler are going to be doing amazing things. It’s going to be awesome,” Curry said. “Part of it was in terms of things that I had going on. It was just the timing, to be honest. Not being able to commit. And I know Ryan really well. We had a lot of conversations about it.”
Coogler, who was the co-writer and director of the Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster “Black Panther,” is heading up production of “Space Jam 2” and was said to be behind a recent rewrite of the script. He’s also said to be a “die-hard” Warriors fan, being an Oakland native.
“Obviously, that’s hard to turn down. The guy does amazing work,” Curry said of Coogler.
Interestingly, it was previously reported that Curry, as well as Houston Rockets superstar James Harden, declined taking part in the film due to conflicts of interest that made it “nearly impossible” to do so.
Meanwhile, the film reportedly was experiencing difficulty recruiting top NBA talent to appear in the film with James. That appears to have turned into a non-issue at this point, as The Athletic’s Shams Charania passed along word last week that some big names from from the world of basketball have been attached to “Space Jam 2.”
Sources: Space Jam 2, starring LeBron James, is expected to feature key roles for Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis and Klay Thompson and WNBA stars Diana Taurasi and Nneka Ogwumike. Several more NBA and WNBA players, including Chiney Ogwumike, are expected to play roles in film.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 20, 2019
“Space Jam 2,” which begins production this summer, is currently slated for a July 16, 2021 release date.