Anthony Davis may have just found a way to make back his $4 million trade kicker.
Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported Davis, Damian Lillard and Klay Thompson will join LeBron James in the Space Jam 2 cast. WNBA stars Diana Taurasi, Nneka Ogwumike and Chiney Ogwumike are also slated for roles.
Additional NBA and WNBA players are also expected to be part of the cast.
The film will begin production this summer and is scheduled to be released July 16, 2021. It's been a long-rumored project that has been years in the making, with numerous starts and stops. The project was first announced in 2014 before going through numerous changes and ultimately finalizing its producers last year.
The 1996 original featured Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Shawn Bradley, Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson and Muggsy Bogues in the main cast. A number of other NBA players made cameos. Actor Bill Murray also made a memorable appearance in the film.
Actress Sonequa Martin-Green will play LeBron's wife in the film. No other actors or comedians have been announced for the project.
It's unclear whether Klay Thompson's ACL tear will have any effect on the filming. Thompson is expected to miss most or all of the 2019-20 season after he suffered the injury in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals.
James and Davis will seemingly get a chance to work on their chemistry on the film set before they embark on a championship quest with the Lakers next season. With there being uncertainty regarding Davis' trade kicker once the trade becomes finalized, perhaps LeBron can negotiate a bump in salary for his new teammate in a wink-wink deal.