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New KARATE KID Movie Will Star Ralph Macchio and Jackie Chan

Cobra Kai is coming to an end, but Daniel LaRusso’s story is not. Ralph Macchio is returning to the big screen for an all-new The Karate Kid movie. Only this installment will combine generations of big-screen entries. Jackie Chan, who joined the series in a 2010 reboot as the Kung Fu master and mentor Mr. Han, will join him in the Karate Kid film. All that’s left is for them to find a new student to teach. Macchio and Chan announced a global search to find the next Karate Kid in the movie’s announcement video.

Sony Pictures has decided to wax on another movie in The Karate Kid franchise. While the studio is not yet releasing plot details for the film, in a press release, Sony said it will bring Macchio and Chan “together to continue the mythology of the original franchise.”

Jonathan Entwistle will direct with a screenplay from Rob Lieber. Surprisingly, the film will come to theaters on December 13, 2024. We’re surprised by that date because the movie doesn’t have its proverbial Karate Kid, yet. Macchio and Chan’s video also announced a worldwide hunt for a young star. The parameters for the open call reveal some more information about the film and its production.

A stern Ralph Macchio and a joyful Jackie Chan with his arms up in announcement for new Karate Kid movie
Sony Pictures

According to, Sony is looking for a 15-17 year old to play Li Fong in the new Karate Kid movie. The studio describes Li Fong is as “smart, scrappy, and a skilled martial artist.” Any actor interested must speak English, with conversational Mandarin “a strong plus.” Also considered a strong plus is “any sort of martial arts, movement, gymnastics, and/or dance experience.”

The part does not require previous acting experience, but anyone cast must be available to film from March to June of 2024. If you or someone you know sounds right for the starring role in this latest Karate Kid movie, email [email protected]. It’s free to apply.

Although, you might ultimately have to pay in the form of an evil dojo who wants to destroy you. Being the new Karate Kid sounds great, but it also comes with enemies.