STIKE FIRST. STRIKE HARD. NO MERCY.
It’s been over three decades… and Johnny (William Zabka) is seeking redemption by reopening the dojo, Cobra Kai. The Karate Kid sequel continues on YouTube Red with an exclusive teaser trailer released today.
“I just don’t know why you’d ever want to bring back Cobra Kai,” the Karate Kid, Daniel LaRusso, (Ralph Macchio) tells his former high school bully. He answers his own question later in the trailer “Johnny, you and I, this, we aren’t done.”
After the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, Cobra Kai finds Daniel LaRusso living a comfortable life with his family in Encino, running a string of car dealerships. His old rival Johnny, hasn’t been so fortunate. They met again on screen two years later with The Karate Kid Part II, and now Johnny is seeking redemption.
“We are not trained to be merciful here. Mercy is for the weak,” Johnny says in the trailer. So, maybe he hasn’t really learned his lesson.
Cobra Kai will see Xolo Maridueña as Miguel Diaz, a victim of high school bullies who’s taken under Johnny’s wing; Tanner Buchanan as Johnny’s son, Robby Keene, who’s determined to prove himself to be nothing like his father; and guest-star Ed Asner as Johnny’s old-school stepfather, Sid Weinberg. Courtney Henggeler will play Daniel’s wife and business partner, Amanda, while Mary Mouser plays their fearless daughter, Samantha.
Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine) wrote this new story for Cobra Kai with Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold & Kumar). All three will executive produce the series with Susan Ekins, Will Smith, James Lassiter, and Caleeb Pinkett. Hurwitz and Schlossberg will also direct much of Cobra Kai, which will debut later this year on YouTube Red.