Acclaimed Black Panther director Ryan Coogler will produce the long-anticipated sequel to the beloved 1996 basketball film Space Jam, which is still set to star LeBron James in the lead role. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Coogler will produce with Terence Nance, who created the recent HBO sketch comedy Random Acts of Flyness, now taking over as director. Star Trek Beyond helmer Justin Lin had previously been attached to the movie but is no longer involved. This will be James' first starring role in a feature film; he has been linked to the project since 2016, but now, it appears to be moving forward, with production set to begin in 2019.

Scroll for 5 things you
need to know now