LeBron James had a very difficult time finding current NBA stars to participate in Space Jam 2, the sequel to Michael Jordan's blockbuster animated film Space Jam (1995).

Michael Jordan was so well-respected in the league that he had no difficulty landing a plethora of bold name NBA stars to support him in the original movie. Stars who answered Jordan’s calls included Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Larry Bird, Larry Johnson, Scottie Pippen, and the list goes on and on.

But, according to Movieweb.com, LeBron has had a very hard time finding any current NBA players to sign up for the sequel. Insiders say NBA stars are wary of LeBron's huge ego.

Some "fiercely competitive" NBA players have huge egos themselves and they "might not like the idea of getting dunked on by LeBron James, even in a fictional movie co-starring monsters," according to Movieweb.com.

LeBron signed with the L.A. Lakers and moved to California to win another ring and to become a movie star. So far, he has fallen short of both goals.

No photo

After landing the Space Jam sequel, LeBron contacted his NBA friends and asked them to take part in his movie. But everyone he contacted said "no thanks."

The only bold names in the cast are Don Cheadle - who doesn't play basketball - and of course Bugs Bunny himself.

Shooting is set to begin this summer, but the casting difficulties led to director Terrence Nance backing out.

Nance is replaced by Girls Trip and Night School director Malcolm D. Lee, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Black Panther filmmaker Ryan Coogler is producing Space Jam 2, and he also co-wrote the latest draft of the script.

Space Jam 2 - with or without NBA stars - opens in theaters July 16, 2021.

Update: A loyal reader listed the NBA and WNBA stars who are cast in the film. My apologies for the omission.

1. Anthony Davis
2. Klay Thompson
3. Damian Lillard
4. Diana Taurasi (WNBA Legend)
5. Chinenye and Nneka Ogwumike (current president and vise-president of the WNBA Players Association and ESPN Analysts)
6. Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks WNBA)

The movie is still casting.

Photo by Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

  • iWasteTime
  • Coy little wink

    As a kid I really loved Bugs Bunny...

    I don't think we need a Space Jam 2

  • PetiteButterScotch

    Scrap it.

  • PetiteButterScotch

    Scrap it.

  • Tinytoon

    TBH, I still have not seen all of the original.

  • Tinytoon

    TBH, I still have not seen all of the original.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Can we get some originality paleasssssssssssssssssse .... https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d72e5356f4189df724b1c6b74eef9053350867828329801f57408ebbe30f5616.gif remake remake sequel sequel .... where are the fresh new ideas ... so sick of the dyck riding original movies

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Can we get some originality paleasssssssssssssssssse .... https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d72e5356f4189df724b1c6b74eef9053350867828329801f57408ebbe30f5616.gif remake remake sequel sequel .... where are the fresh new ideas ... so sick of the dyck riding original movies

  • Coy little wink

    My memory is fuzzy I can't recall much I don't think it was that good. Live action with cartoons is not a good mix...

  • Coy little wink

    My memory is fuzzy I can't recall much I don't think it was that good. Live action with cartoons is not a good mix...

  • iWasteTime

    I love his shorts, I want the sneakers!

  • iWasteTime

    I love his shorts, I want the sneakers!

  • DroneRivers

    "The only bold names in the cast are Don Cheadle - who doesn't play basketball - and of course Bugs Bunny himself."

    Lmao all these years later and this is the best they could do?

  • DroneRivers

    "The only bold names in the cast are Don Cheadle - who doesn't play basketball - and of course Bugs Bunny himself."

    Lmao all these years later and this is the best they could do?

  • Alextra Ballard

    If it’s that difficult tew find folks...that mean leave the shidt alone

  • Alextra Ballard

    If it’s that difficult tew find folks...that mean leave the shidt alone

  • Sinny

    The BOLD lies you tell??? The following NBA, and WNBA STARS that will be joining Lebron are as follows:

    1. Anthony Davis
    2. Klay Thompson
    3. Damian Lillard
    4. Diana Taurasi (WNBA Legend)
    5. Chinenye and Nneka Ogwumike (current president and vise-president of the WNBA Players Association and ESPN Analysts)
    6. Candace Parker (no need to even name accolades)

    And they’re still casting, and confirming big names; including actors and basketball players. Stop trying to be shady and messy, Sandra.

  • Sinny

    The BOLD lies you tell??? The following NBA, and WNBA STARS that will be joining Lebron are as follows:

    1. Anthony Davis
    2. Klay Thompson
    3. Damian Lillard
    4. Diana Taurasi (WNBA Legend)
    5. Chinenye and Nneka Ogwumike (current president and vise-president of the WNBA Players Association and ESPN Analysts)
    6. Candace Parker (no need to even name accolades)

    And they’re still casting, and confirming big names; including actors and basketball players. Stop trying to be shady and messy, Sandra.

  • AveIvy

    There shouldn't be a sequel, leave well enough alone.

  • AveIvy

    There shouldn't be a sequel, leave well enough alone.

  • Trace da Ace

    yeah...they need to hang it up at this point. I mean...low key...I did not even see the original...not fan on them type movies....and sooooo sick and tired of them always wanting to remake shit...damn....come out with something original!! Stop biting past movies and trying to make them popping again.....ex. Chuckie.....Nightmare on Elm Street....Ninja Turtles..hell I can go on and on...but im at work..soo...yall get what I am putting down.....

  • Trace da Ace

    yeah...they need to hang it up at this point. I mean...low key...I did not even see the original...not fan on them type movies....and sooooo sick and tired of them always wanting to remake shit...damn....come out with something original!! Stop biting past movies and trying to make them popping again.....ex. Chuckie.....Nightmare on Elm Street....Ninja Turtles..hell I can go on and on...but im at work..soo...yall get what I am putting down.....

  • Gloria

    Thank you.

  • Gloria

    Thank you.

  • Gloria

    Are they gonna play “I believe I can fly” in the movie too?

  • Gloria

    Are they gonna play “I believe I can fly” in the movie too?

  • n1kk1a

    For heavens sake, they don’t need a part 2! I’m trying to get my kids to know the characters from the first one!

  • n1kk1a

    For heavens sake, they don’t need a part 2! I’m trying to get my kids to know the characters from the first one!

  • Alextra Ballard

    Leave “Bugs” outta this?

  • Alextra Ballard

    Leave “Bugs” outta this?

  • Ghetto Real Name

    Few things. Space Jam came out at the very end of 1996--not 1995. I went to go see it Thanksgiving night 1996 at the movies. Last movie I ever saw with my grandmother.

    This isnt the 1995 or 1996 NBA. All of those folks had been on their teams a long LONG time when original was filmed. Some of the reluctance is most likely you go shoot Space Jam 2 and you wearing a Rockets jersey in real life, but tomorrow night your ass is traded to OKC. Who do you promo the movie as in 2021? A Rocket bc at the time you were on their squad or OKC bc they are your new squad? Its bad for your brand, the team(s) brand, and the NBA overall.

    This is also a problem with the NBA video games. Its just hard out here in this uncertain basketball world of constant trades and contracts and negotiations etc.

  • KarmaBackAround

    ?????.. i hope TF not!!!

  • KarmaBackAround

    Thank youuuu..i was jus ready to put this but no need! This movie has BEEN full casted..cut it out sandra n the unknowledgable interns!

  • DroneRivers

    lol

  • KarmaBackAround

    I like this synopsis!

  • EMILY POST

    Why people so mad at Lebron..... He is a big deal, game changer....

  • Yoni7

    Welp. Can't do your job, you get replaced. Simple. Right?

  • Yardgirl

    https://media3.giphy.com/media/13c2YVh83qgJRS/giphy.gif
    Totally agree!!! I don't do remakes because they cannot live up to the original. This new generation is lazy AF!!

  • Karen Brady

    "LeBron signed with the L.A. Lakers and moved to California to win another ring and to become a movie star. So far, he has fallen short of both goals." Sandra I almost choked on my protein bar.

  • Rayne

    Next they gon remake the women of Brewster place. Then that’s when imma protest. Lol

  • Karen Brady

    All of this. Never seen it and not my type of film.

  • Karen Brady

    and of course Bugs Bunny himself." That part tickled me.

  • Karen Brady

    Okay!

  • Ghetto Real Name

    My bf and I were just talking about NBA 2K20. He said they were late with announcing who was going to be on the cover. The makers of the game LEGIT waited until the Anthony Davis trade to the Lakers to be final. Why? It was known he was getting traded, but not to where, and you cant have him up there in a Pelicans jersey. They finally announced it last week

  • A J

    Why all the piggybacking. Hire some creative writers and star in your own movie. Just like Lion King is now being called Beyonce's Lion King.

  • Wreckognize Game

    D Wade would do it and ask Shaq with his crazy self.

  • Ghetto Real Name

    As a dire hard basketball fan I dont want or need a Space Jam 2. Sorry.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Are you okay? ?

  • oshh16

    Thank you, wack idea from the get go.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Because he's selfish.

  • oshh16

    Bugs was like my absolute favorite.
    Never saw Space Jam though I was 22 and loved Jordan but thought it was corny.

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    I dont want a part 2. Sorry bron. Id rather see a movie about your life.

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Lol

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    I don't know why I thought they already did or were thinking about it.

  • JazzyBossyJen

    LeBron enough..It was a horrible film for Jordan and let’s be honest you aren’t in his league to get away with it!

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    I agree

  • Ghetto Real Name

    New post.

  • Trace da Ace

    ugh....that last sentence gave me bubble guts......

  • ALLMINE?

    ???????

  • ALLMINE?

    She crazy ??

  • TamG

    As a casual basketball fan, I was talking to someone the other day about how it seems the NBA has lost its gravitas. Back in its heyday, it had revolutionary stars who transcended the sport, whereas even casual observers knew some players. Jordan, Pippen, Barkley, Ewing, Johnson, Bird, even the generation after, the O’Neals and Bryants etc. They were bigger than life figures. Even if you didn’t grow up in their era, you knew them. It’s not like that now. I can barely name five big players now. Remember the first Dream Team? Even the second one. Those teams were EPIC. I couldn’t tell you who was on the team after that though. Lol

    Similarly, LeBron trying to recreate the Space Jam phenomenon feels forced and desperate. What will he do to replace Michael Jackson’s epic “Jam” video and R Kelly’s “I believe I can fly” accompaniments? That golden era is gone. Best to leave it be. Start a new era.

  • free

    i don't think these six are gonna bring folk to the theater to pay $40 for some popcorn and sprite.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    You know what ya might be right smh

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    As hell look at Nippy love that woman !

  • MsPam

    Agree they better ever make a remake of Car Wash, that’s a classic.

  • currvalicious

    Auntie's on it today...lol.

  • samuel severino

    So did I. I laughed hard when I read that. She is the master of shade. Love when she calls people like Bow or Tyga “the washed up rapper.”

  • currvalicious

    No one wants to make a movie during their summer break! I mean it's vacation time for these players. Family time, leisure, travel, relaxation, good food, etc......No,no, & no...this isn't even an original concept. Show more creativity w/an original script. Then may be NBA mega stars, stars, & the lesser known players will be interested.

  • samuel severino

    Extremely. Whenever I try to tell people that they just call me a hater instead of looking at the facts.

    I told people a year ago he was having a hard time getting people for the movie so you know I had to share your article with them.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Thanks for the info.

  • brooks hill

    my brother and i took our kids to see space jam. my daughter was seven and my niece was ten and they loved it. i did not, bad acting and bugs bunny voice was not right. i grew up watching bugs bunny cartoons so i know. i like Bron but this wont work . the first space jam is all we need. it wont make 20 million first weekend.

  • grenadiadrian

    Didn't ask for a "Lion King" remake, and I for damn sure didn't ask for a Michael Jordan-less/LeStiffArm "Space Jam" sequel. Regarding the failures leading up to even making this movie, in the words of Major Payne: "Look in the dictionary between sh** and syphilis...that's where you'll find my sympathy!"

  • Ronnie Shepard

    Aside from being lazy with the remake, why do basketball players think they can act? Just because you fake flop on the court does not make you an actor. Uncle Drew was awful. Unless you are coming with a certified hit, don't keep killing the brand with weak cinematic entries. If you want to legit make a play for Hollyweird, do what Kobe did with his Oscar winning documentary. Or what Kareem did and have a solid guest spot in a movie.

    I believe LeBron is a very smart and talented individual. He will be successful in LA. Sometimes God just shuts doors. Let it be and move on.

  • ???TheRider???

    Or cabaret housewife Beyoncé??

  • Li-Wright

    Who needs a #2? I show the #1 to my young students and #1 is boring to watch.

  • Li-Wright

    The other thing the NBA had was permanent players. They signed on for long-contracts. Michael was the Bulls for years, Johnson was the Lakers for years, Kobe was the Lakers for years, etc. etc. They weren't traded every season. I gave up on the NBA when the Dream Team in Miami was formed with Lebron & Dwight. I knew then that there would be higher-level dream teams with the best players and then the other lower end teams.
    The NBA has been ruined.

  • EasyBreezy

    I like the way you think. Yes, LJ, a story about your life, please.

  • EasyBreezy

    Please; who is this woman? This is my all-time favorite GIF! I so want to me her....

  • Leigh Burton

    Now that R. Kelly is on his way to jail, who will sing the hit song to Space Jam 2?

  • Seldomseen

    What post, I been at the salon.

  • Rayne

    Lawd I hope not.

  • Yardgirl

    Me too sis! I still mourn her death ?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Nippy doing good chile ... her and Bobby Kris !!! Real good

  • Lucky8

    You ain't no good lol

  • Dowoop

    That because other than Michael Jordan they pbly don't those ppl. #2 will have people that current that they may have heard about.

  • Let them eat cake

    im genuinely curious, what about him is selfish?

  • Logan Roberts

    The first Space Jam wasn't even all that, let it go Lebron. And don't forget to call me, we can do brunch. Lol.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    I thought that there was already a part 2 to this that went straight to video ?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    His selfishness has been well documented. If he doesn't win a ring every year, he fires coaches, guts teams and brings in new players - all in an effort to increase his chances to win a ring. That's why Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving didn't want to play with him on the Lakers.

  • dazja

    Damn she lies on every post now smh. Thanks for clearing this up.

  • Yardgirl

    Yes!!????

  • Amilia A Lee

    The best thing about the first one was the soundtrack.......

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Wow, well said!

    See people only see these celebs winning, and hate, but this is humbling, and sometimes God does close doors. Hopefully, Malcolm Lee can take this project off of life support, or they move on (ditto)!

  • http://welfareinfo.org angrysolo

    tuh. i’m ‘bout as sick of reboots as i am with STEP UP or FAST AND FURIOUS, i’m furiously upset they ruining wat was a gould thing with BAAD BOYS 1&2 by adding a third iteration that we could all do without

    zont get me started on the tripe that is this new LYIN KING moobie

  • Queen B

    R. Kelly lol

  • Solstice
  • Branch Davidian

    Kobe > Lebron

  • Let them eat cake

    dang

  • what?why

    Lebron is the utmost narcissist in sports, who want to work with him or play?

  • jujumanji

    No one asked for a seqno one needs a sequel. Pointless cash grab

  • TheOwley

    It's a player owned league now. The players represent no one but allowed politics and social justice get in the way. Seems no player does anything unless they get Lebron's approval. God help a player if he says the economy is better for blacks today. No, that's blasphemy. The NFL and the NBA lost their luster. We want to be entertained, not lectured. I prefer golf now, tennis, even WWE is more entertaining.

  • Kay J

    We DON'T need a sequel to Space Jam (starring Mike) No thank you. Leave that movie flawless just the way it is!

  • Kay J

    We DON'T need a sequel to Space Jam (starring Mike) No thank you. Leave that movie flawless just the way it is!