Lebron James attends the 'Small Foot' World Premiere in Los Angeles, California, on September 22, 2018. / AFP / LISA O'CONNOR Image Credit: AFP

LeBron James of the Lakers is teaming with Ryan Coogler of Black Panther on Space Jam 2, confirming a rumour that the basketball star will take on the role originated by sports legend Michael Jordan in the original 1996 movie.

SpringHill Entertainment, James’ production company, made the announcement with a visual on Wednesday on Twitter, revealing that James will join Bugs Bunny in the cast of the partially animated film, to be directed by Terence Nance of HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness.

Coogler will produce.

James co-founded SpringHill with businessman Maverick Carter about five years ago, and the company signed with Warner Bros in 2015. James’ involvement with Space Jam 2 has been rumoured for years.

“Ton of star power here. King Coogler. King James. And so excited that folks who don’t currently know and fawn over King Nance soon will,” Selma director Ava DuVernay tweeted in reaction to the news.