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A still of Ralph Macchio in a blue shirt and Jackie Chan in a white shirt announcing new Karate Kid movie and global search for the lead actor

Ralph Macchio & Jackie Chan Teaming Up For New ‘Karate Kid’ Movie!

Get ready to wax on and wax off once again – Ralph Macchio and Jackie Chan are teaming up for a new Karate Kid movie!

Ralph, the original Karate Kid, and the legendary Jackie who starred in the 2010 reboot, announced their new project in a video posted to Sony Pictures’ official YouTube account. They also revealed the lead role hasn’t been cast yet…

“We’re starring in a new Karate Kid movie together,” Ralph says.

“That’s big news. But we even have bigger news!” Jackie jumps in.

“Bigger than that?” Ralph responds.

“We’re looking for the next Karate Kid!” Jackie announces, smiling.

Yes, there is a global search underway for the film’s new star. Young actors who want to follow in Ralph’s footsteps can submit their audition tapes to KarateKidCasting.com.


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According to the website, casting directors are looking for someone between the ages of 15 to 17 with Chinese or mixed-race Chinese heritage, who is “smart, scrappy and a skilled martial artist.” No acting experience is required but some martial arts and gymnastics skills would help!

While plot details are still under wraps, Ralph will reprise his role as Daniel LaRusso, who also appears in Netflix’s hugely successful Cobra Kai series. Meanwhile, Jackie will return as Mr. Han, a kung fu master based on the beloved Mr. Miyagi (portrayed by the late Pat Morita), who served as coach for Dre Parker (portrayed by Jaden Smith) in the later Karate Kid instalment.

This will be the sixth film in the Karate Kid franchise and the first time Ralph and Jackie will appear together. It’s due for release on December 13, 2024.

Check out Ralph and Jackie’s full announcement below:

(Feature Image Credit: courtesy Sony Pictures)

Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.