YouTube Red’s The Karate Kid continuation series Cobra Kai held its world premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival on Tuesday night, April 24th, screening the first two episodes (‘Ace Degenerate’ and ‘Strike First’) for both attendees and press. Bleeding Cool was able to attend the screening and report back our thoughts on why 30 years was definitely worth the wait to witness the evolution of Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence’s (William Zabka) bitter rivalry — and why this next generation of “karate kids” might be even too much for both of them to handle:
Here’s a look at some of the major players in this first season of YouTube Red’s Cobra Kai:
On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Macchio owns up to the props and keepsakes he took from the set of the original The Karate Kid film. He also describes how Cobra Kai fits into the franchise:
Here’s a look at the official trailer and series overview:
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; Mary Mouser as Samantha LaRusso, Daniel’s daughter; and Tanner Buchanan (Designated Survivor) as Robby, a Cobra Kai recruit (against his wishes) 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.