A number of the main characters in Space Jam 2 are already set. LeBron James will, of course, play the film’s protagonist, while a handful of NBA and WNBA players will presumably get their talent stolen from them by a bunch of aliens hell-bent on taking down the Looney Tunes in a game of basketball.
Other roles are still up in the air, including the role of the film’s main antagonist, whomever that may end up being. In the original Space Jam, that character was named Swackhammer and was voiced by Danny DeVito. This time around, an unlikely source may have revealed who will be the biggest thorn in the sides of LeBron, Bugs, and co.
Paul Scheer — who you know from The League, the podcast How Did This Get Made?, and a whole host of other things — appeared on Clip City, The Athletic’s Los Angeles Clippers podcast hosted by Jovan Buha. Scheer was asked about the acting chops of former Clipper Blake Griffin, and around the 39:50 mark, he discusses doing a Space Jam live read with Griffin a few years back. He alludes to the film’s upcoming sequel, at which point he drops that Don Cheadle is in line to play the bad guy.
“Actually Don Cheadle, who I do Black Monday with, he’s the bad guy in Space Jam, and he said LeBron’s really great,” Scheer said at the 40:15 mark.
Cheadle’s involvement in the film isn’t new — it’s been reported in the past that he’s hopped onto the project, and he’s actually spoken about being in the film. He was asked about this a few months back at the Televisions Critics Association Conference in January, but kept his role close to the chest, saying “No, I’m not playing myself. I actually can’t tell you what I’m playing.” Now, thanks to Scheer, Cheadle’s role looks like it’s becoming a little more clear.
On the April 1, 2020 Episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall, weekend editor Brad Oman, senior writer Ben Pearson and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to discuss what they’ve been up to at the Water Cooler.
Opening Banter: We did it! We finally conquered the month of March! Or did it conquer us?
At The Water Cooler:
What we’ve been Doing: Jacob wants to know which stores and shops near you are taking the pandemic seriously. Brad participated in a Google Hangout trivia night with friends, played Pictionary with his parents through Skype. HT sat on her fire escape and got drunk singing Cats songs because there’s NOWHERE ELSE TO GO. What we’ve been Reading: Peter has been reading or looking at The Art of The Rise of Skywalker by Phil Szostak. Ben read The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs What we’ve been Watching: Brad, HT and Jacob watched Tiger King. Peter watched Castaway with Kitra who had never seen it, binge-watched Ozark season 3, and the two-part season 2 opening of Darkside of the Ring on Vice, and is still enjoying Westworld even though it’s inching back towards the mystery box. Brad watched The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Ringer, the second season of A.P. Bio. Jacob is binge-watching New Girl. He also watched The Gift, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and The Furies. Chris watched Little Women. Ben rewatched Portrait of a Lady on Fire and watched The Long Good Friday, The Adventures of Prince Achmed, Happy Death Day, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, and the first two episodes of AppleTV+’s Home Before Dark. Hoai-Tran watched Little Fires Everywhere, Tower of God, the new Amazon series Tales from the Loop, Space Jam, The Rocketeer, West Side Story, rewatched Mask of Zorro. What we’ve been Eating: Brad tried Mountain Dew Frost Bite and Canada Dry Bold Ginger Ale What we’ve been Playing: Brad tried the trial preview demo for Predator: Hunting Grounds Jacob is all-in and fully obsessed with The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild. He also participated in his first online game night.
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