Zendaya Channels Her Character Lola Bunny in Bright Ensemble and Ponytail at Space Jam Premiere
In Space Jam: A New Legacy, Zendaya voices a completely reimagined version of Lola Bunny, who made her debut in 1996's original film
Zendaya's style is taking us into overtime!
The 24-year-old actress celebrated the premiere of Space Jam: A New Legacy Monday night in Los Angeles, hitting the red (nay, purple) carpet in a bold colorblock ensemble, featuring a jacket and short shorts by Moschino – both with plenty of pockets.
She completed the look with Bulgari small hoop earrings and rings and white stiletto heels — and even channeling her character Lola Bunny with a sky-high ponytail.
On her Instagram Story she shared a selfie wearing a basketball-theme face mask, writing, "mask courtesy of my mama."
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Following James, 36, instead of the original film's Michael Jordan, the sequel is directed by Malcolm D. Lee — who strived to make Lola more of a powerful character than her depiction in the 1996 version.
"Lola was not politically correct," he previously told Entertainment Weekly of the character in 1996. "This is a kids' movie — why is she in a crop top? It just felt unnecessary, but at the same time there's a long history of that in cartoons."
This time around, Lee, 51, worked to make the sporty bunny "reflect the authenticity of strong, capable female characters," and she'll be introduced alongside the Amazons from the Wonder Woman comics.
"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," he explained. "For us, it was, let's ground her athletic prowess, her leadership skills, and make her as full a character as the others."
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Fans got a first listen of Zendaya as Lola last month, in a 6-minute ad released by ESPN to promote the film.
Lola appeared briefly midway through the spot, when James called her the "greatest sidekick ever." Zendaya's voice came through her character as she said, "When it's crunch time, the ball is going to be in my paws."
Following the video, the Euphoria Emmy winner's name started trending online, with fans excited to hear Zendaya as the classic character.
Space Jam: A New Legacy dribbles into theaters and onto HBO Max Friday.