First look: LeBron James suits up for Tune Squad in 'Space Jam' sequel


LeBron James has donned the jerseys of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and Los Angeles Lakers during his decorated pro career -- and now we're getting our first look at the The King as a member of the Tune Squad.

A series of still shots from the upcoming "Space Jam: A New Legacy" surfaced on social media on Thursday, ratcheting up some anticipation for a sequel that's been 25 years in the making.

The new flick comes long after the runaway success of the 1996 Warner Bros. hit, starring Michael Jordan and a few of his legendary contemporaries alongside an animated version of Bugs Bunny.

In the sequel, James steps into Jordan's role as the leader of the Tune Squad, a team of Looney Tunes characters facing off against an evil group of aliens known as the Goon Squad.

In the newly released photos, James is seen wearing his new team's threads, which have gotten a markedly modern makeover since Jordan rocked them back in the mid-1990s.

In one shot, James can be seen talking to a character played by the acclaimed actor Don Cheadle. In another, he exchanges a high-five with an animated Babs Bunny.

The sequel is produced by Ryan Coogler, whose credits include directing the 2018 smash-hit "Black Panther." The original "Space Jam" was a seminal "cultural moment" for Coogler as an adolescent, he recently told Entertainment Weekly.

The beloved 1996 comedy cemented Jordan's legacy as a cultural icon beyond just the hardwood, and raked in hundreds of millions for Warner Bros. both at the box office and in merchandising, according to EW.

As well, the movie's popular soundtrack went platinum several times over, and spawned the ubiquitous R. Kelly hit "I Believe I Can Fly."

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