It’s been 25 years since the first Space Jam graced our screens, and now the LeBron James-led sequel – Space Jam: A New Legacy – is nearly here. It will also be the first film in cinemas to feature Looney Tunes characters since 2003.
Also starring is Don Cheadle, Khris Davis, Sonequa Martin-Green, and Cedric Joe, with Jeff Bergman, Eric Bauza, and Zendaya voicing some of the Loony Tunes characters.
If you’d like to know how you can watch Space Jam: A New Legacy both in the cinemas and at home, then we’ve rounded up everything you need to know. We also have a similar article for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad.
When does Space Jam 2 release?
The release for Space Jam: A New Legacy is fast approaching, with the film hitting cinemas and HBO Max on 16 July 2021.
You can watch the official trailer below:
Will Space Jam: A New Legacy release in cinemas?
Space Jam: A New Legacy will be out in cinemas in both the UK and the US.
Pre-orders for tickets aren’t yet available, but you should be able to get them from Cineworld, Odeon, Vue Showcase and Empire in the UK, and Fandango, AMC and Atom Tickets if you’re in the US.
How to watch Space Jam: A New Legacy on HBO Max
If you’re not keen on heading to the theatres, then you can watch Space Jam 2 on the streaming service HBO Max. An account costs $14.99 per month – there is a cheaper, ad-supported plan available, but this doesn’t include new movie releases.
HBO Max is not currently available in the UK. However, there is still a way to watch it outside of the US, by using a phone and a VPN. VPNs (virtual private networks) reroute your IP address so you can browse the web as if you’re from another country. In this case, it would be the US.
For the best performance and pricing, we’d recommend either NordVPN or Surfshark. You can also check out further choices in our list of the best VPNs for HBO Max.
Billing information for HBO Max
For the next step, you’ll need the HBO Max app. We have successfully tested this method using NordVPN and an Android phone.
Once you’ve bought the VPN you want, you’ll need to download it on your mobile device – it’s available on iOS and Android. The HBO Max website currently only allows you to sign up if you have a payment card that’s tied to the US. If you don’t have that, here are the steps you should take:
- Launch your VPN on your iOS/Android device and connect to a US server
- Create a new Apple ID/Google Play account in your browser that’s tied to the US (leave the country blank)
- Register your new account on your iOS/Android device app store
- You should now have access to the US app store – download and install the HBO Max app
- Tap ‘skip’ if the app store asks you to add payment information to your iOS/Google Play account before you’ve installed HBO Max
- Create a new account in the HBO Max app with your email address and password
- Use PayPal as your method of payment (this can be a UK account)
- Once your account is verified, you can sign in from any device
There have been reports of users not being able to install HBO Max on iOS as the app store forces users to register their payment details and doesn’t accept UK PayPal if you try to register with this account.
To get round this, we recommend purchasing US App Store credit via a digital gift card – which can be added as a US payment option.
You can purchase this from places such as Amazon US, though there are other retailers available. You’ll need a website that allows you to pay with UK bank details. The typical minimum amount you can purchase will be $25 – enough to cover one month’s subscription of HBO Max.
When the site asks you to put in the recipient, enter your own email address and the code to redeem the money will be sent to your inbox. Then when you need to add payment information in the app store, select ‘redeem gift card or code’, and you should be able to add the money as credit on your account.
With this, you should then be able to sign up for an HBO Max account. Once your account is active, you can change your payment information back to your UK PayPal via the website to avoid having to pay for a new gift card every single time.
We’d like to stress that all of these methods are technically against HBO’s terms of service, so the company could cancel your account at any time. Proceed at your own risk.
Will Space Jam: A New Legacy release on VOD and DVD?
We don’t believe that Space Jam: A New Legacy will release on UK VOD services at the same time it comes out on HBO Max.
When it does eventually come out on VOD and DVD, it will likely be a few months after the cinematic and HBO Max debut.