YouTube Red has released a new promo for their upcoming 10 episode half-hour series, Cobra Kai, highlighting the ultimate tournament taking place in the series between old and new rivals. While the official trailer covers the backstory for the follow-up to the original Karate Kid films, this promo showcases Daniel and Johnny’s students fighting in an epic tournament.
Cobra Kai features Karate Kid Ralph Macchio reprising his role as Daniel La Russo in the series — set 30 years after The Karate Kid Part III — to face off once again with his rival Johnny Lawrence, played once again by William Zabka. The two iconic characters reunite after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament. Now living in the affluent hills of Encino, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) leads an enviable life with his beautiful family, while running a successful string of car dealerships throughout the valley. Meanwhile, his high school adversary, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), whose life has taken a rocky turn, seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo. Their lives inevitably become intertwined and the rivalry is reignited, setting forth the next generation of “karate kids” in Cobra Kai, a YouTube Red Original Series. Cobra Kai is produced by Overbrook Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television.
Cobra Kai also stars Xolo Maridueña (Parenthood), Tanner Buchanan (Designated Survivor), Courtney Henggeler (Mom) and Mary Mouser (Freakish). Guest starring in the show is esteemed Primetime Emmy Award-winning actor Ed Asner.
Writing the series are Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine), Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold & Kumar). They will also be executive producing along with Susan Ekins, Will Smith, James Lassiter, and Caleeb Pinkett. Hurwitz and Schlossberg take on directing duties.
Cobra Kai premieres on You Tube Red on May 2, 2018.