Today, Sony Pictures announced a world wide search has gone out for the lead role in their upcoming Karate Kid film. The movie was announced earlier this year and was assumed to be a sequel to the 2010 remake starring Jaden Smith. However, it has now been revealed to be a sequel to both the original 80s film and the 2010 remake, as both Ralph Macchio (The Outsiders) and Jackie Chan (The Foreigner, Rush Hour) are set to return. It’s unknown how the film will connect to the sequel series Cobra Kai on Netflix, which is looking to begin filming its final season next year. Allegedly, the creators of Cobra Kai, while not directly involved with the film, have given notes on the script (via Gizmodo). Confirming all the films and possibly the series are set in the same universe.
We at Knight Edge Media were able to get the lead casting breakdown and production schedule for the film. Production will begin in Montreal on April 1st, 2024:
[ LI ] – Is portrayed as male, Chinese or Mixed-Ethnicity Chinese, 15-17 years old, Must speak fluent English. Li, a smart, scrappy and skilled martial artist, moves from his hometown to a new city where he forms a bond with a girl his age in the neighborhood. His mom hopes this big change will help him find new interests other than fighting…LEAD. **Martial Arts experience a STRONG PLUS. Conversational Mandarin a plus. Actors with athletic abilities encouraged.
Karate Kid has no set release date