Does Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) have what it takes to turn his life around and make-up for his father’s mistakes…or is he destined to follow in his footsteps? Can Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) let go of the past and trust Johnny’s efforts to reopen the dojo…or are thirty-four year not long enough to heal old wounds?
Those are just some of the themes in play in YouTube Red‘s Karate Kid continuation series Cobra Kai, set to premiere on May 2; and as the official trailer for the series shows, both men seem destined to travel down a fateful road – though some new faces might help them find a better way. Moving from an opening scene that takes us back to the ending of the original Karate Kid film, we see that Daniel now has a loving wife and thriving car dealership; while Johnny’s life has been a bit of an uneven mess. After Johnny saves a defenseless teenager from attackers, he decides to reopen the family’s karate dojo Cobra Kai and train neighborhood kids in both self-defense and self-respect.
But as you’re about to see, Daniel really doesn’t think that’s a good idea:
In the highly-anticipated return of two iconic characters, the arch-rivals from the legendary Karate Kid film series reunite over 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament. Now living in the affluent hills of Encino, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) leads an enviable life with his beautiful family, while running a successful string of car dealerships throughout the valley. Meanwhile, his high school adversary, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), whose life has taken a rocky turn, seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo. Their lives inevitably become intertwined and the rivalry is reignited, setting forth the next generation of “karate kids” in COBRA KAI, a YouTube Red Original Series.
COBRA KAI also stars Courtney Henggeler (Mom, Fixed) as Daniel’s wife, Amanda; Vanessa Rubio (How to Be Single) as Carmen, single mother and Johnny’s girlfriend; and Xolo Maridueña as Carmen’s son, Miguel.
Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine), Jon Hurwitz (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle) and Hayden Schlossberg (The Pact) are on board to write and executive produce the series, with Hurwitz and Schlossberg directing most of the first season. James Lassiter (This Means War) and Caleeb Pinkett (Hawthorne) will executive produce for Overbrook Entertainment in conjunction with Sony Pictures Television Studios.
Cobra Kai will have a special world premiere on Tuesday, April 24, as part of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. After the screening, there will be a conversation with writers, directors, and executive producers Schlossberg, Hurwitz, Heald; and stars/executive producers Macchio and Zabka.