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Sit down and strap in guys because the first trailer for Space Jam: A New Legacy has dropped and it looks incredible.
The film, which stars LeBron James alongside the Looney Tunes cast, will be released in theatres on 16 July and will be available to stream on HBO Max 31 days later.
James, 36, has previously described the film as 'one of the biggest games, if not the biggest game' he's ever played as it comes off the back of the 1996 classic starring basketball legend Michael Jordan.
Despite James seeming nervy about the upcoming and eagerly anticipated live-action animated movie, Space Jam 2's director, Malcolm D. Lee certainly isn't.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, he said: "Who is going to be the first to get an Oscar [between LeBron James and Michael Jordan]? Let's have that debate.
"Space Jam: A New Legacy is a better movie than Space Jam," he declared. "If you say theatrical movie, Space Jam is it. LeBron's got that going for him."
He went on: "Michael Jordan transcended sports. LeBron is arguably in that category. Now, there's probably no LeBron without Jordan, and I'm sure he would admit that. But he's a once-in-a-generation player.
"I love who LeBron is as a man, as an athlete, as an activist."
Also speaking to EW, James added: "It's something Mike created and is his. I held that with a lot of responsibility. In my younger days, part of my thinking was Space Jam was so good, how can I top this?"
James added that while he's aware that comparisons between him and Jordan are inevitable, he's not too worried about it.
One thing people will definitely be weighing in on is the changes made to Lola Bunny, which was picked up on over social media. Where everything in the world is picked up on.
Malcolm D. Lee old EW that Lola Bunny has been edited to focus less on her physical attributes and more on the strength of her character. He added that a goal was to readjust her 'very sexualised' image.
He said: "This is 2021. It's important to reflect the authenticity of strong, capable female characters."