Space Jam: A New Legacy is passing the torch of hybrid animated basketball games with the Looney Tunes to NBA pro LeBron James. However, according to the sequel’s villain, Don Cheadle, the original Space Jam superstar Michael Jordan will be making an appearance in some capacity. But apparently the Chicago Bulls champion will be appearing in an unexpected way.
Don Cheadle recently talked about the Showtime series Black Monday, and during the interview he was asked if we’ll see Michael Jordan in Space Jam 2.
Don Cheadle confirmed, “Michael Jordan is in the movie.” But after a pause for the Access Hollywood interviewer’s excitement, he added, “But not in the way you’d expect it.” So now we’re left wondering exactly what that means.
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Maybe Space Jam 2 is taking an even bigger swing and Michael Jordan will appear as a robot version of himself that The Goon Squad uses to try to defeat LeBron James and the Tune Squad. That would be a fun twist in the story, and it wouldn’t require Michael Jordan to actually do anything for the movie. They could even use old audio from Jordan’s many media appearances as the voice of the robot.
We’ll just have to wait and see how Michael Jordan comes into play in Space Jam: A New Legacy when the movie arrives in theaters and on HBO Max (for 31 days) starting on July 16, 2021.