YouTube’s Karate Kid sequel, Cobra Kai, is about to begin filming, and a new behind-the-scenes photo reunites rivals Danny LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence as the full series cast is announced.

Entertainment Weekly has debuted our first look at Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reunited on the set of Cobra Kai, the sequel series to the 1984 film, picking up with Johnny reopening the karate dojo. And while the photo itself isn’t actually a still from filming, it does show that the ten-episode series has begun production for its intended 2018 debut:

The synopsis of Cobra Kai reads:

“Picking up 30 years after the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, the half-hour series finds Daniel and Johnny at different places in their lives. Whereas Daniel is living his best life as a family man and proud owner of the No. 1 car dealership in the Valley, Johnny has fallen a long way since the ’80s and is now a heavy drinking, short-fused antihero living in Reseda, doing odd jobs to make ends meet. However, their rivalry is reignited when they re-enter each other’s lives, which drives Johnny to rediscover his Cobra Kai roots and reopen the infamous karate dojo.”

EW has also confirmed that the supporting cast will include Mom star Courtney Henggeler as Daniel’s wife (and business partner) Amanda, Mary Mouser as their daughter Samantha, Parenthood’s Xolo Maridueña as Cobra Kai recruit Miguel Diaz, and Tanner Buchanan as Johnny’s son, Robby Keene. Putting in guest appearances will be Ed Asner, who will play Johnny’s stepfather, Sid Weinberg.

Cobra Kai is written and executive produced by Hot Tub Time Machine’s Josh Heald and Harold and Kumar creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg.


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