Jackie Chan & Ralph Macchio Set to Star in New ‘Karate Kid’ Movie

THE KARATE KID, Ralph Macchio, 1984
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Karate Kid fans, you’re in for a real treat! Jackie Chan and Ralph Macchio are teaming up for a brand new Karate Kid film. Both stars will be reprising their roles from their Karate Kid films. Even more exciting, Macchio and Chan recently revealed that they are looking for the next Karate Kid. Kids from all over the world can submit an audition tape to become the star of the next film in the martial arts franchise.

Macchio appeared in the 1984 version of The Karate Kid, as well as its sequel, as Daniel LaRusso. His character became a karate champion after some unusual training from Mr. Miyagi, played by the late Pat Morita, who earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal. Chan took over the role of a mentor in the 2010 remake starring Jaden Smith.

THE KARATE KID, PART II, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, 1988

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After seeing the success of the recent television series Cobra Kai, bringing back some of the characters from the ’80s versions, Sony started working on the latest version, which is expected to hit theaters on December 13, 2024, if casting and filming go smoothly. According to the casting call, Sony is looking for a teen between the ages of 15-17 who has experience with martial arts and gymnastics. No acting experience is required, so the role may go to a completely new star and change a teen’s life forever. The potential star must be available from March through June 2024, which gives a look into the filming schedule.

THE KARATE KID, from left: Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith, 2010

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The new movie, directed by Jonathan Entwistle, will focus on a teen from China who moves to the East Coast of the United States and learns unexpected lessons from his mentor. Perhaps Macchio and Chan will team up to be mentors this time? Check out the announcement by Macchio and Chan and learn more about their search for the next talented Karate Kid:

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