LeBron James to star alongside Bugs Bunny in Space Jam 2

20 September 2018, 12:18 | Updated: 20 September 2018, 13:41

Basketball star LeBron James is to appear in a sequel to the 1996 film Space Jam which featured Michael Jordan and Looney Tunes characters.

James' production company, SpringHill Entertainment, shared a picture on Instagram and Twitter revealing details of the film and an image of a locker room.

The Warner Bros film will be produced by Black Panther's Ryan Coogler while Terence Nance is on directing duties.

James, 33, is listed in the picture as a "small forward", with Bugs Bunny co-starring as a "point guard" - both are basketball positions.

No further details were released though James told The Hollywood Reporter he "loved" Coogler's vision for Black Panther, which he directed.

He said: "The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie. It's so much bigger.

"I'd just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel and how empowered they can be if they don't just give up on their dreams. And I think Ryan did that for a lot of people."

The LA Lakers player added there were no black superheroes when he was growing up, adding: "So for Ryan to be able to bring that to kids, it's amazing."

It is not known when the film will be released but the numbers in the Instagram image hint that it could be on 23 January, 2021.

The original Space Jam features an alternate version of what happened after Jordan retired in 1993, in which he helps Bugs Bunny and other characters beat a team of aliens in a basketball match.

It featured a number of cameos from other sports stars and took $250m (£188m) worldwide, making it the highest-grossing basketball movie of all time.

James is regarded by many as the best basketball player of all time and is also one of the world's most influential athletes.