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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is supposed to start filming Space Jam 2 This summer, but he has a big problem.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com reported Thursday on The jump (H / t Erik Garcia Gundersen of LeBron Wire) that James is struggling to get commitments to play supporting roles for some of his NBA colleagues.
Bryan Kalbrosky of HoopsHype added that players may be refusing the wages they would receive for their participation.
Michael Jordan starred in the famous original Space Jam. Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Muggsy Bogues, Shawn Bradley and Larry Johnson, all active NBA players at the time, joined him in the film and had limited screen time.
The Windhorst report is not too surprising.
The idea of being in Space Jam 2 and playing a secondary role for James may not seem so attractive to a star who is already making millions of dollars and probably enjoys a great profile off the field. Filming will also affect the off-season during what is already a year of the FIBA Basketball World Cup.
James' production company, SpringHill Entertainment, Announced Space Jam 2 will hit theaters on July 16, 2021.