With the second season of YouTube Premium‘s Cobra Kai set for early 2019, current series (and original The Karate Kid) co-stars Ralph Macchio (Daniel LaRusso) and William Zabka (Johnny Lawrence) are starting to open about what fans can expect when the Karate Kid sequel series returns.
Speaking with ET Canada, Macchio and Zabka revealed that upcoming season would pick up where the first season left off (no spoilers). While Macchio discussed how both Daniel’s and Johnny’s will evolve from where they were at when the series first began, he also emphasized the important role the younger cast play in the series’ success. When asked about the possibility of Elisabeth Shue (Amazon’s upcoming The Boys) resuming her Karate Kid role for a series return, both Zabka and Macchio were vague and noncommittal – though Zabka did reveal that characters from the first three Karate Kid movies could make appearances.
Does this mean the diaboical return of evil businessman Terry Silver from The Karate Kid Part III?
Joining Macchio, Zabka, and the rest of the returning cast this season are Peyton List (Bunk’d, Jessie), Paul Walter Hauser (Kingdom, BlacKkKlansman) and (as we saw in the season finale) original film star Martin Kove.
Now here a special behind-the-scenes look at production on YouTube Premium’s second season of Cobra Kai, followed by a look back at the original series trailer/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.