It's confirmed: LeBron James will star in Space Jam 2.
The follow-up to the 1996 live-action/animated sports comedy starring Michael Jordan has reportedly gotten the ball rolling, with the script already being written by Andrew Dodge, Alfredo Botello, and Justin Lin, who will also direct and produce the film.
What started out as rumors in recent years was essentially realized when James, who showed off his acting chops in the romantic comedy Trainwreck, and his company SpringHill Entertainment signed a deal with Warner Bros. Entertainment last year.
The first Space Jam saw a retired MJ being kidnapped by the Looney Tunes to help them beat the steroid-doused Monstars—a group of minions who stole the talents of that era's NBA superstars—in a game of basketball.
If the creators of Space Jam 2 are inclined to adopt a similar storyline, particularly its infamous antagonists, a handful of names is expected to be thrown into the mix. In light of this, FHM picks the current NBA stars we definitely would want to see take on the villain roles, given that LeBron isn't bent on being one of them:
Originally: Charles Barkley (talent stolen by Pound)
An undersized but extremely skilled power forward? The Golden State Warriors' triple-double machine not only draws comparisons to Barkley's play but also matches the latter's amusing gift of gab.
Originally: Patrick Ewing (talent stolen by Bang)
Both are franchise centers. Both have nearly unstoppable offensive games. What sets Boogie apart from Ewing is his "colorful" character (which could translate well into film), whereas the New York Knicks big man is relatively reticent.
Originally: Shawn Bradley (talent stolen by Blanko)
It's no secret that Bradley was chosen for his stature, so we're also going big with this one. It would be fun to see how the Serbian giant of the San Antonio Spurs fits the big screen.
Originally: Larry Johnson (talent stolen by Bupkus)
The Klaw isn't exactly your best choice for an acting role given his deadpan demeanor, but based on the team's hilarious H-E-B commercials, something tells us we'll be in for quite a few laughs with the back-to-back NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2015, 2016).
Originally: Mugssy Bogues (talent stolen by Nawt)
Not every Monstar had a monster-sized frame. The shortest active NBA player is sure to pack a punch playing the point for this fearsome faction, as much as he wreaks havoc on opposing teams as a Celtic.