With less than a month to go before Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) reignite a old rivalry from over thirty years ago in YouTube Red’s The Karate Kid continuation series Cobra Kai, we’re getting a look at “bad sensei” Johnny’s “teaching philosophy.” Let’s just say that Johnny’s sensei style is a bit different than the late, great Mr. Miyagi’s:
Premiering on May 2nd, Cobra Kai flashes forward 30-plus years from the final scenes of the original Karate Kid film to today: contrasting Daniel’s comfortable life with Johnny’s uneven mess of a life. But after Johnny saves a defenseless teen from attackers, he decides to reopen the family’s karate dojo Cobra Kai and train neighborhood kids in both self-defense and self-respect. Just one problem: 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; Xolo Maridueña as Carmen’s son, Miguel; and Tanner Buchanan (Designated Survivor) as Robby, Cobra Kai recruit with an agenda of his own.
Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine), Jon Hurwitz (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle) and Hayden Schlossberg (The Pact) 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) executive produce for Overbrook Entertainment in conjunction with Sony Pictures Television Studios.
Cobra Kai will have a special world premiere on Tuesday, April 24th as part of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. After the screening, there will be a conversation with writers, directors, and executive producers Schlossberg, Hurwitz and Heald; and stars/executive producers Macchio and Zabka.