On Thursday there were other new features for the 2021 movie, "Space Jam 2". This time he was not one of the NBA stars that will appear alongside the king, LeBron James. No, this time "Space Jam 2" added a legitimate Hollywood actor to Don Cheadle.
Cheadle is the first major actor / actress to be added to the film, as the only big names to be confirmed in the film right now, in addition to LeBron, are the NBA and WNBA players. The news of Cheadle's casting follows his most recent acting in a small movie you may have heard called "Avengers: Endgame". In that film he played James Rhodes / War Machine, a character he has played since appearing in 2010 in "Iron Man 2".
LeBron James and Don Cheadle have appeared on television together, most notably on LeBron's HBO show, "The Shop". Cheadle appeared in the same episode in which Lonzo Ball appeared on air in May.
It remains to be seen what kind of role will be played by Cheadle in the film. You have to remember that the "Space Jam" universe includes famous people who play themselves while they also play actors / actresses who play characters. As Cheadle was the first to be announced and with him having some comic ribs here and there, he could join the film to play the same kind of role that Bill Murray played in the original film starring Michael Jordan. In that film, Murray played himself and was a major source of comic relief.
There's still plenty of time between this and the movie's premiere in 2021 to learn more about Cheadle's role and what other actors / actresses might join. Cheadle joins LeBron, of course, as do Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson, Diana Taurasi and Nneka Ogwumike.