Jackie Chan, Ralph Macchio Announce New 'Karate Kid' Movie, Open Casting Call for Next Star

Like waxing on and off? YOU can be the next Karate Kid

BY Ben OkazawaPublished Nov 21, 2023

The next Karate Kid will have to wax on, wax off, and hang and un-hang a jacket in their training if Jackie Chan and Ralph Macchio have anything to say about it. The only question is who that new trainee will be. 

Chan and Macchio have teamed up with Sony Pictures today to announce another reboot of the 1984 smash hit. Macchio, who starred as Daniel LaRusso in both the original movies and ongoing sequel series Cobra Kai, and Chan, who portrayed the mysterious Mr. Han in the 2010 remake, also revealed that the upcoming film is looking for its main character in an open casting call. 

According to the official listing, the new Karate Kid is named Li Fong, and any young hopefuls looking to portray him should be Chinese or mixed-race Chinese, between 15 and 17 years old and fluent in English. No acting experience is required to audition, but alongside conversational Mandarin, "martial arts, movement, gymnastics and/or dance experience is a strong plus." 

So far, Chan and Macchio are the only actors confirmed to be participating in the reboot, leaving it currently unclear whether or not 2010's Karate Kid star Jaden Smith and/or any of the Cobra Kai cast, including William Zabka, Xolo Maridueña and Mary Mouser will reprise their roles in the new movie. 

Check out the official casting call here and watch Chan and Macchio's nostalgia-packed announcement below. 

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