Zendaya has joined the cast of the upcoming movie Space Jam: A New Legacy.
The Euphoria star plays the iconic character, Lola Bunny, in the sequel to the 1996 sports comedy starring basketball legend Michael Jordan.
In the sequel, current NBA superstar LeBron James stars as herself.
Zendaya has joined the cast of the upcoming movie Space Jam: A New Legacy
New role: The Euphoria star takes on the role of the iconic character, Lola Bunny
To coincide with the news that Zendaya is up against Lola Bunny, the actress shared a photo of herself as a young girl dressed in her basketball uniform on Instagram.
The photo, which shows the Euphoria star with her hair in pigtails and holding a ball under her arm, was captioned: ‘cinematic parallels’, referring to her lead role as the young basketball court.
She also shared a more glamorous photo of herself decked out in a green blazer dress and matching heels.
‘Cinematic Parallels’: To coincide with the news that Zendaya was hired to play Lola Bunny, the actress took to Instagram and shared a photo of herself as a young girl with pigtails dressed in her basketball uniform
New Look: Space Jam: A New Legacy Director Malcolm D. Lee previously revealed that Lola Bunny will have a different look in the sequel to make her more ‘fully realized’
Space Jam: A New Legacy director Malcolm D. Lee previously revealed that Lola Bunny will have a different look in the sequel to make her more ‘fully realized’.
“Lola was not politically correct,” he previously told EW about the character’s earlier portrayal. ‘This is a children’s movie, why is she wearing a crop top? It just didn’t feel necessary, but at the same time, there’s a long history of that in cartoons. ‘
Lee added, ‘We reworked a lot of things, not just her looks, like making sure she had the right length on her shorts and was feminine without being objectified, but they gave her a real voice. For us it was, let’s put her athletic prowess and her leadership skills on the ground and make her as full of character as the others. ‘
New teaser: The official trailer of Space Jam: A New Legacy was released on Warner Bros Pictures YouTube account on Saturday
Story: The upcoming live-action / animated movie is centered around the Lakers star, who must play a high-stakes basketball game to win his son back from an evil algorithm
The official trailer for the upcoming movie Space Jam: A New Legacy was released on Warner Bros Pictures YouTube channel on Saturday.
The feature is centered around a high-stakes inter-dimensional basketball game that James must play alongside the Looney Tunes characters to win his son back from a malicious computer algorithm.
The trailer opens with the 36-year-old Lakers star trying to convince his son Dom, played by Cedric Joe, to go to basketball camp, which the teen doesn’t seem interested in.
During a tense conversation in an elevator, the athlete’s youngest son admonishes his father for his high expectations and remarks, “You never let me do what I want to do. You never just let me do that. ‘
Dom leaves his father and gets lost in a large server room, after which James tries to find his son and humorously notes, “I bet Will Smith isn’t dealing with this.”
Family suspense: The trailer opens with James clashing with youngest son Dom, who doesn’t want to follow in his dad’s footsteps as an athlete
Dealing with it: The two are transported to a digital dimension, where a computer program played by Don Cheadle informs the Olympian that he must play a basketball game if he wants his son back.
After his son is taken away by an invisible force, James approaches a large sphere that engulfs him in a flash of light and takes him through a multiverse of various media franchises, including Game Of Thrones and The Wizard Of Oz.
The Olympian is then confronted by Al-G Rhythm, played by Don Cheadle, who informs him that he has been brought to the Serververse and that he will have to play a game of basketball to win his son back.
The malicious program instructs its assistant to send James to the Looney Tunes world, where he reacts in amazement when he turns into a cartoon and meets Bugs Bunny, who delivers his iconic phrase, “Uh, what’s up, doc?”
The pair then begin assembling a team to take over Al-G Rhythm’s picks, and although the athlete tries to win over players like King Kong and Gandalf, the animated rabbit begins to watch the recruiting of other Looney Tunes. characters.
Bring them together: James is then sent to the Looney Tunes universe, where he interacts with a variety of classic characters
Using his skills: the basketball star will eventually settle for working with all of the Looney Tunes characters for the high-stakes match
When the squad is first brought together, Daffy Duck encourages Yosemite Sam to “ shoot the ball, ” to which the prospector responds with gunshots, littering the avian fan’s favorite with bullet holes.
After James is shown reverting to his human form and seeing Bugs transformed into a 3D version of himself, an assortment of characters including The Flintstones and the Iron Giant are seen arriving at the sporting event.
The Looney Tunes team is then introduced to The Goon Squad, a collection of physically impressive athletes with special powers; Daffy’s jaw literally falls to the ground at the sight of Rhythm’s selections.
Great Variety: The inter-dimensional game was attended by characters from multiple media franchises
Formidable Opponents: Al-G Rhythm introduces its version of the Goon Squad, made up of several super-powered athletes
Priorities: During the match, James’ wife Kamiyah tells him he must win the match to ‘get our son back’
The Lakers legend has a brief chat with his wife Kamiyah, played by Sonequa Martin-Green, who tells him, ‘you have to win this game and get our son back’, while Dom looks at his father thoughtfully from the sidelines.
King James is then shown setting the audience in awe as he goes for a high-flying under-the-leg dunk before hitting a previously invisible wall and waking up on the floor with tiny versions of Tweety Bird circling his head.
The trailer ends with Grandma performing an acrobatic maneuver on her walker and sinking a three-pointer, causing the athlete to say, “Hooray.”
Space Jam: A New Legacy will be released in theaters on June 16 and on the HBO Max streaming service.
Crazy Skills: The trailer ends with Grandma sinking a highly acrobatic three-pointer, leaving James and Bugs in awe
Coming soon: Space Jam: A New Legacy will make its debut on July 16