Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry reveals he turned down a cameo in Space Jam 2. After lingering in development for a number of years, a followup to the 1990s touchstone is finally on the way and will hit theaters in July 2021. Directed by Terence Nance, the film stars NBA legend LeBron James and reportedly begins shooting this summer. Recently, the creative team has been working on ironing out the supporting cast.
Star Trek Discovery's Sonequa Martin-Green is an exciting addition as LeBron's wife, but fans are most interested in what other basketball players will be appearing. Just a few days ago, word got out the likes of Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson, and others were going to be in the movie - giving Space Jam 2 an all-star ensemble that rivals the lineup of talent from the 1996 original. There's no shortage of marquee names, but the film is unfortunately going to miss out on featuring one of the NBA's best players.
In an interview with the New York Times' Sopan Deb, Curry said he turned down a cameo in the movie. The former MVP cited timing as the primary reason why. It was difficult for him to pass on the opportunity, since Space Jam 2 producer Ryan Coogler is a massive Warriors fan. Check out Deb's tweet of their exchange in the space below:
Curry on Space Jam 2: It was "for sure" hard to turn down. pic.twitter.com/ZDOVZXaul0— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) June 22, 2019
Curry, of course, is an integral component of the current Warriors dynasty that's appeared in five consecutive NBA Finals and won three championships in that span. He's one of the most popular and marketable players in the game today, so it's understandable why the Space Jam 2 team would be interested in getting Curry onboard. Especially if Thompson is in the cast, it would have been fun to see Golden State's Splash Brothers together on the big screen for a scene or two, but it wasn't meant to be. Curry didn't provide further insight into his scheduling conflicts, though it sounds like he has a busy offseason ahead of him as Space Jam 2 gets in front of the cameras.
Earlier this year, there were concerns that LeBron was struggling to recruit players to be in Space Jam, but those troubles have been alleviated with the most recent reports. Curry would have been a huge addition, but it's hard to complain with any of the names Nance and company got. Space Jam 2 is set to feature a nice mixture of some of the top NBA and WNBA players in the world, and it'll be interesting to see how everyone factors in. In his young career, Coogler has demonstrated a penchant for reinvigorating classic franchises with new life (see: Creed), so ideally he'll be able to work some magic on Space Jam 2 and make that a high-quality film.
Source: Sopan Deb
- Space Jam 2 (2021) release date: Jul 16, 2021