06 Apr Zendaya Joins ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ as Lola Bunny
“Space Jam” is coming back to the court for a sequel, “Space Jam: A New Legacy.” If that’s not exciting enough, it has been announced that Zendaya is joining the team as Lola Bunny. Talk about a slam dunk cast!
Zendaya as Lola
Zendaya will be the voice actress for Lola Bunny in the upcoming sequel of the iconic ’90s film. The news was announced by the movie’s official Twitter account and people are freaking out online!
A New Look
Lola Bunny sparked controversy over her image during the 1997 film. Social media users criticized the “sexualized” design of the original character, and encouraged the director to re-design Lola.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Director Malcolm D. Lee said “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 thing there’s a long history of that in cartoons.”
He wanted the redesign of Lola to, “reflect the authenticity of strong, capable female characters.” If that doesn’t scream Zendaya, we don’t know what does!
“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,” Lee continued. “For us, it was, let’s ground her athletic prowess, her leadership skills, and make her as full a character as others.”
It’s no secret, Zendaya has been killing the acting game! She won an Emmy for her role as Rue in “Euphoria,” and got nominated for a Critics Choice Award for her role in Malcolm & Marie.
On top of that, she stars in the upcoming film “Dune,” alongside Timothée Chalamet.
In the original “Space Jam,” Lola Bunny was voiced by Kath Soucie. Zendaya will be joining Soucie, Kristen Wiig and Rachel Ramras as actresses who — at one point — have voiced Lola Bunny!