Space Jam: A New Legacy Debuts Zendaya as Lola Bunny
New promotional clip reveals the actor’s take on the beloved character.
A new video for Space Jam: A New Legacy offers a first glimpse of Zendaya’s voice for Lola Bunny. Fans were finally able to see – and hear – the actor’s take on the iconic character, following Kath Soucie’s original portrayal in 1996.
Zendaya’s Lola Bunny appears in the ESPN six-minute mockumentary The Bunny & The GOAT, which premiered on Sunday. The promotional clip features talking head interviews with some of the movie’s characters recounting their journey as a team, along with LeBron James and real-life sports personalities like Nneka Ogwumike and journalist Rachel Nichols.
“So cute to watch them bicker when everyone knows this is Lola’s team,” Lola Bunny says in the video.
“It makes it sound like LeBron had to save us. We’re the best teammates he’s ever had,” she says later. In another part of her interview she reveals, “You know, I don’t love the sidekick label, but we’ll let it go because of Bron.”
Space Jam: A New Legacy is not a direct sequel or reboot of the original 1996 movie, which saw Michael Jordan teaming up with the Looney Tunes characters, but it maintains the basic basketball partnership premise. This time, LeBron James and his son, Dom (Cedric Joe) find themselves trapped in the Serververse, a virtual space dominated by a rogue A.I. called Al-G Rhythm (Don Cheadle).
To save his son and return home safely, the NBA star will have to lead the Looney Tunes gang and win a basketball match against the Goon Squad, Al-G’s team of powered-up digitized avatars of professional basketball players.
Lola Bunny debuted in the first Space Jam as a confident, “sexy” romantic interest for Bugs Bunny. In the upcoming movie, director Malcolm D. Lee presents the character with a new look and features that avoid the over-sexualization with which she was depicted in 1996.
But if the ESPN video gives us any clue, it’s that she’s still a strong character– at one point, she declares: “When it’s crunch time, the ball is going to be in my paws.”