‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’: Zendaya Voicing Lola Bunny
Here’s an interesting surprise. It looks like the upcoming Space Jam sequel has recast the voice of Lola Bunny. Entertainment Weekly has unveiled that Spider-Man actress Zendaya will be the new voice for Lola Bunny. She is joining the LeBron James-led project that will introduce us to the Serververse of Warner Bros. The first trailer teased an all-star cast of iconic WB characters making an appearance. Director Malcolm D. Lee has been vocal about the fact that he wants to fully realize the character since he saw her portrayal in the first film in 2019. He gave the following statement during the Space Jam: A New Legacy cover story.
Lola was not politically correct. This is a kids’ movie, why is she in a crop top? It just felt unnecessary, but at the same time, there’s a long history of that in cartoons. We reworked a lot of things, not only her look, like making sure she had an appropriate length on her shorts and was feminine without being objectified, but gave her a real voice. For us, it was, let’s ground her athletic prowess, her leadership skills, and make her as full a character as the others.
The way he describes the character makes Zendaya the perfect choice to tackle the character. She has been considered a leading voice of her generation with her work on Euphoria. She is taking over the role that Kath Soucie made iconic in the original 1996 film. Kristen Wiig gave the character a unique spin in The Looney Tunes Show, which was a personal favorite. We cannot wait to see the actress lend her voice and bring the character to life in the upcoming legacy sequel.
Source: Entertainment Weekly