Don Cheadle began trending on Twitter after these Space Jam first-look photos surfaced online.

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LeBron James has been tightlipped about his highly-anticipated Space Jam sequel, but fans are finally getting a first look.

It was a pleasant surprise to see that Don Cheadle will be apart of Space Jam, who James said also served as one of his acting coaches.


“Just like in the NBA, I like to be coached by my coaches,” James explains. “I was the same way on set.”

Cheadle teased that the baller’s on-screen performance is Oscar-worthy. “I would tell him, if he got too good at it, he needs to stay in his own lane. He’s got enough shine!”

“It’s one of the biggest games, if not the biggest game, I’ve ever played in,” he says. “The Goon Squad is probably the best team ever assembled in basketball history.”

Space Jam: A New Legacy is set to be one of the first films to premiere following the reopening of movie theaters in the Summer. However, it will be available to stream on HBO Max on July 16th.

The original movie starring Michael Jordan is a classic, and sequels are met with hesitation if the bar is set too high. But A New Legacy’s director, Malcolm D. Lee insists, “If you say theatrical movie, Space Jam is it.” Ryan Coogler, who produced the film added, “It felt like a real cultural moment.”

Just like most of us, James told Entertainment Weekly that Space Jam is “a big part of my childhood.”

“I understand how difficult it is for someone to get out [of] where I come from,” says James. “These kids have the same aspirations I had, and the only difference at times is someone believing in them.” As his longtime friend and business manager, Maverick Carter knows firsthand what makes James a true King: “The greatest thing he does is empower others, including myself, to achieve their dreams.”

Will you be watching A New Legacy?