‘It doesn’t seem right’: Fans react to Zendaya as Lola Bunny in Space Jam: A New Legacy

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<p>‘It doesn’t seem right’: Fans react to Zendaya as Lola Bunny in Space Jam: A New Legacy</p> (Getty Images)

‘It doesn’t seem right’: Fans react to Zendaya as Lola Bunny in Space Jam: A New Legacy

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Fans have sounded off on social media around Lola Bunny's voice after a Space Jam: A New Legacy promotion was released over the weekend.

On Sunday (6 June), ESPN unveiled a Space Jam-inspired parody of its 30 For 30 series, “The Bunny & The GOAT”, featuring Lakers legend LeBron James, Bugs Bunny and Lola Bunny, voiced by Zendaya.

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“I love Zendaya, but this just sounds like her natural voice rather than a voice for Lola,” wrote one fan.

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“Yeah… I totally agree and I love love love Zendaya, she does no wrong, but I don’t hear Lola at all,” wrote another commenter.

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“This is what happens when studios forget that actual voice actors exist,” wrote another fan, chiming in on a debate around whether famous actors should be cast in animated films, as opposed to voice actors.

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“It doesn’t seem right. No hate to Zendaya, though,” wrote another fan.

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Other fans were more forgiving. One countered, “Did y’all expect Zendaya not to sound like Zendaya, I’m confused.”

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The character of Lola Bunny was originally played by voice actor Kath Soucie in 1996. 

Earlier in April, the first trailer for Space Jam 2 was released starring LeBron James.

The sequel of the much-loved 1996 original was confirmed back in September 2018.

The film sees LeBron plunged into a Ready Player One-style multiverse where he must participate in a basketball match against Don Cheadle’s villainous boss to free himself and his son, played by Cedric Joe.

Space Jam: A New Legacy will be released in the US in cinemas and on HBO Max on 16 July. Its UK release date follows a week later on 23 July.

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