“Space Jam 2,” eh? We’ll see. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)

After years of speculation, the Hollywood Reporter revealed Monday that LeBron James will indeed star in “Space Jam 2,” the sequel to the 1996 film that starred Michael Jordan, Bill Murray and Bugs Bunny. Justin Lin (four “Fast & Furious” movies, the upcoming “Star Trek Beyond”) will direct a script written by Andrew Dodge (“Bad Words”).

Then ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, who has sources close to James, tweeted this:

Last summer, James signed a production deal with Warner Bros. to develop movies, TV shows and digital content for the studio. Warner Bros. filed new trademarks for “Space Jam” around the same time, leading to speculation that James would star in a sequel.

The original drew generally blah reviews — as one would expect for a movie starring a non-actor and some cartoons — but pulled in $230.4 million worldwide, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The James version — if it happens — would have the benefit of someone who had actually spent time emoting in front of a camera, as the Cleveland Cavaliers star garnered some pretty good notices for his supporting turn in “Trainwreck” last year.

Reaction to the original report on Twitter ranged from over-the-moon excitement (get it? moon? space?) from obvious “Space Jam” enthusiasts to general snarkiness like the following.

It's heavily rumored that LeBron James will star in a sequel to the 1996 movie "Space Jam." He's no stranger to acting. (The Washington Post)