VIDEO » Damian Lillard Featured In 'Space Jam: A New Legacy' Trailer

by Casey Holdahl
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We've known for a while that Damian Lillard was going to have a "significant" role in "Space Jam: A New Legacy," the LeBron James-led sequel to the original starring Michael Jordan, but we didn't have much to go off other than that. But with the release of the first extended trailer for the film, we have a much better idea of the role Lillard plays and the general idea of the plot.

"It’s been getting a lot of buzz, a lot of people talking about it because it’s "Space Jam," said Lillard. "Associated with Michael Jordan and it was a huge movie in the 90’s and now a guy like LeBron headlining it, being the main guy in the movie, so obviously it’s going to generate a lot of buzz, a lot of people been talking about it. And because it was so big in my childhood I got a lot of messages, a lot of people forwarded it to me on instagram and twitter than I grew up with. People that I know are like ‘You’re really in Space Jam.’ Just a lot of that, there’s been a big buzz about it in that way."

As a robotic version of himself, Lillard, joined by the likes of Klay Thompson, Diana Taurasi and Anthony Davis, seems to be the most featured member of the "Goon Squad," the team tasked with defeating James, Bugs Bunny and the rest of the "Toon Squad."

"We were there at the same time," said Lillard, who noted that he is also in the movie as himself before turning into one of the Goon Squad. "The very first day we got there at like 6 a.m. and we all pretty much started the first day. Pretty much the whole first day we did together, it was like a scene that involved all of us, was pretty much there all day shooting it because it had so many different parts to it. So I did shoot with them, a couple days."

You can make some assumptions about what powers his character might possess (notice the clock on his shoulder) but he's definitely a villain, which isn't a role we're accustomed to seeing Lillard play. Extend that acting range Dame!

"I like it, it fits with the original movie," said Lillard of playing one of the bad guys. "You have Jordan and then you’ve got the other guys. I’m not LeBron James, so I’m one of the other guys, so it fits. I’m not mad at it, I like it."

Even though he's playing a villain, Lillard is still looking forward to watching the movie with his son, Damian Jr., who is also apparently a fan of the original. 

"I always try to figure out what movies and TV shows that I liked as a kid that I was to introduce my son to, and I let him watch the first 'Space Jam' and he was locked into it," said Lillard. "So when I watch the full movie they let us look through before it comes out I’m gonna sit there and watch it with my son and my nephew so they can see. I’m excited to do that."

"Space Jam: A New Legacy" is scheduled to debut in theaters and HBO Max on July 16. 


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