Jackie Chan and Ralph Macchio Set to Reunite in New ‘Karate Kid’ Film
In an exciting development for fans of the iconic “Karate Kid” franchise, martial arts legends Jackie Chan and Ralph Macchio are teaming up for a new movie under the Sony Pictures banner. Directed by Jonathan Entwistle and written by Rob Lieber, the highly anticipated film is scheduled to hit theaters on December 13, 2024, with Karen Rosenfelt taking on the role of producer.
While specific plot details are being kept confidential, it has been confirmed that Ralph Macchio will reprise his iconic role as Daniel LaRusso, a character he portrayed in the original “Karate Kid” film trilogy that began in 1984. Jackie Chan is set to return as Mr. Han, a kung fu master inspired by Mr. Miyagi, who mentored Jaden Smith’s character Dre Parker in the 2010 remake.
Macchio has kept the spirit of Daniel LaRusso alive through the immensely popular Netflix series “Cobra Kai,” which recently announced its upcoming sixth and final season. Created by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg, “Cobra Kai” picks up decades after the events of the original films, reigniting the rivalry between the now middle-aged Daniel and Johnny Lawrence (played by William Zabka).
The connection between the storyline of “Cobra Kai” and the new “Karate Kid” movie remains unclear, leaving fans eager to discover how the two narratives will intersect.
Ralph Macchio is represented by Untitled Entertainment, Buchwald, Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman, LLP, and Jill Fritzo PR. Jackie Chan is represented by CAA and Jessica Chen. Jonathan Entwistle is represented by CAA, Grandview, 42, and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer. Rob Lieber is represented by Verve, Fourth Wall Management, and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.
The Karate Kid Cinematic Universe has arrived. 🥋
Sony is doing a global casting search for the main kid in the movie.