Cobra Kai is coming to an end, but Daniel LaRusso’s story is not. Ralph Macchio is returning to the big screen for an all-new The Karate Kid movie. Only this installment will combine generations of big-screen entries. Jackie Chan, who joined the series in a 2010 reboot as the Kung Fu master and mentor Mr. Han, will join him in the Karate Kid film. All that’s left is for them to find a new student to teach. Macchio and Chan announced a global search to find the next Karate Kid in the movie’s announcement video.

Sony Pictures has decided to wax on another movie in The Karate Kid franchise. While the studio is not yet releasing plot details for the film, in a press release, Sony said it will bring Macchio and Chan “together to continue the mythology of the original franchise.”

Macchio and Chan’s video also announced a worldwide hunt for a young star. That open call reportedly received 10,000 entries in the first 24 hours. But Ben Wang, star of American Born Chinese, stood out above the rest. The Hollywood Reporter shared Wang delivered a standout audition demonstrating his martial arts skills.

Jonathan Entwistle will direct with a screenplay from Rob Lieber. The next Karate Kid film will come to theaters on December 13, 2024.

Originally published on November 21, 2023.