Jackie Chan and Ralph Macchio, who starred in separate “Karate Kid” films decades apart, will team up for an all-new film set in the martial arts franchise.
The new film, from Sony Pictures, director Jonathan Entwistle and screenwriter Rob Lieber, will be released in theaters on December 13, 2024. Karen Rosenfelt is the producer.
Plot details are being kept under wraps in the new film, but Macchio will reprise his role as Daniel LaRusso, whom he played in the original “Karate Kid” film trilogy from 1984 and brought back in the “Cobra Kai” series. from Netflix. Chan will reprise the role of Mr. Han, a kung fu master based on Mr. Miyagi, who trained Jaden Smith’s Dre Parker in the 2010 remake.
Macchio retained the character of Daniel in “Cobra Kai,” which announced its sixth and final season earlier this year. This show, created by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, takes place several decades after the events of the original “Karate Kid” films, reigniting a rivalry between the now middle-aged Daniel and Johnny Lawrence (played by William Zabka). .
It’s unclear how the sprawling story of “Cobra Kai” will factor into the new “Karate Kid” movie.
Making the announcement in a video posted to YouTube, Chan and Macchio launched a global casting search to find a brand new karateka to lead the film, inviting young actors to submit audition tapes to KarateKidCasting.com.
Since 1984, the “Karate Kid” franchise has become one of Hollywood’s most beloved sports sagas, spawning the Emmy-nominated series “Cobra Kai” and grossing more than $430 million at the box office. world office.
Macchio is repped by Untitled Entertainment, Buchwald, Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman, LLP and Jill Fritzo PR. Chan is replaced by CAA and Jessica Chen. Entwistle is replaced by CAA, Grandview, 42 and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer. Leiber is repped by Verve, Fourth Wall Management and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.
Watch the announcement video below.