With Space Jam: A New Legacy is hitting HBO Max today, the promotion is in full swing. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the question was raised to director Malcolm D. Lee on who could star in a hypothetical third film. The first movie from 1996 had Michael Jordan, and now 25 years later, the sequel has an equally famous and iconic athlete with LeBron James. But, to go in a different direction and bring an A-lister to lead, so the filmmaker’s choice was Dwayne Johnson.
To get another Space Jam, A New Legacy would need to do well enough to earn it, and if fans like it, then the Girls Trip director could see doing another. He said he is not too sure on Dwayne Johnson’s “skillset would be,” but he did toss in the idea of the ex-wrestler going back to his old career that he was known for from 1996 to 2004 when he retired to focus on acting full-time.
Dwayne Johnson would fit for another Space Jam. The actor has the stardom to fit, the athletic background, and is not afraid of doing goofier types of movies.
Despite negative reviews for A New Legacy, that might not stop it. Critically, the first film was heavily panned, but it had an audience that adored it. Depending on its streaming numbers on HBO Max, it could earn itself a chance to bring Dwayne Johnson into wrestling with Loony Toons characters like Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, and Daffy Duck.
A critical aspect of the comedy is an all-star cast to fill the screen. Dwayne Johnson is the highest-paid actor in the business, so there is nobody who can top him when it comes to being the Michael Jordan of Hollywood. The latest movie proves this with Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Lil Rel Howery (Get Out), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program), and Don Cheadle (Avengers: Endgame) are a few of the huge names that made appearances, whether it was a small or major role.
Casting a recognizable person like Dwayne Johnson is not enough. The director went further into saying how he would need the right script. With a story to tell without rinse and repeating what was done before, then he would be open to it. So, the ingredients are listed; it is all about cooking it together to make the film happen.
The main issue is finding the time to get Dwayne Johnson. The actor is busy wrapping up Black Adam, plus he has plenty of other projects in the works. He will star with Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) and Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) in the action movie Red Notice. The ex-wrestler will lend his voice to DC League of Super-Pets as Krypto. Further down the road is the action movie Big Trouble in Little China, Robert Zemeckis’ (Back to the Future) The King, the natural disaster sequel San Andreas 2, and Shane Black’s (The Nice Guys) Doc Savage.
To hold any fans of Dwayne Johnson, he is coming out with Jungle Cruise with Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place) on July 30. The movie based on the Disneyland ride will be in theaters and stream on Disney Plus.