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Fast and Furious director boards Space Jam sequel with LeBron James

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Justin Lin, the director behind Star Trek Beyond and four Fast and Furious movies, is in talks to helm the sequel to the 1996 basketball movie, Space Jam.

The sequel, which will star the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron "King" James, has been rumored for quite some time. Conversations about whether or not it was going to happen picked up again following a deal between James' production company and Warner Bros. back in July, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The original film, which was released in 1996, starred legendary basketball player Michael Jordan. The film merged animated characters, including Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird and Pepé Le Pew, with real live settings and actors. Bill Murray and Wayne Knight also starred, alongside other NBA players including Larry Bird, Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing.

There's no word on which NBA players James will bring onto the sequel, or if there are plans to bring more players onto the production at all, like the studio did with the first film. More details will be released once pre-production gets started and casting begins. James previously starred alongside Amy Schumer, Jon Cena and Bill Hader in last year's comedy, Trainwreck.

Justin Lin's next movie, Star Trek Beyond, will be released in theaters July 22.