Zendaya Coleman is a lot of things: an Emmy Award-winning actress, style expert, selfie queen, screenwriter, producer, R&B singer (let’s not forget), and now … a member of Looney Tunes! After starring in the controversial film Malcolm and Marie, the actress will appear as Lola Bunny in the upcoming Space Jam sequel, Space Jam: A New Legacy, and should bring a refreshing touch to the beloved character.
The film, directed by Malcom E Lee, follows basketball star Lebron James on an epic quest to save his son. ESPN recently aired a mock documentary-style promo for the film, which explains how James ended up in the Looney Tunes universe. There we get our first glimpse of Zendaya as the new Lola Bunny – a more confident, revamped version of the original ’90s character.
“When it’s the critical moment, the bullet is going to be in my paws,” she said with a smirk. True to its title, Space Jam: A New Legacy, completely reinvents Lola Bunny. Instead of her signature crop top and alluring linings, she was seen wearing a basketball uniform and towering over the court.
In an interview with Weekly entertainmentLee explained that he wanted Lola “to reflect the authenticity of strong and capable female characters.” The director revealed that he watched the first Space Jam in 2019 and was surprised by Lola’s lack of depth, and in turn pledged to make her “as complete a character as any other.”
If the trailer is any indication of what’s to come, it’s clear Zendaya is the right actress to bring the new Lola Bunny to life.
Space Jam: a new legacy premieres July 16 in theaters and on HBO Max.