The newly released teaser trailer for the Karate Kid series Cobra Kai features Johnny Lawrence as the sensei along with a funny Mr. Miyagi callback. This is the second bit of footage from Cobra Kai that has been released and it focuses on the comedic aspect of the show and does not feature Ralph Macchio's Daniel LaRusso at all. Not a whole lot of details have been revealed about the new YouTube Red show, but this new teaser trailer looks like the show is going to be pretty funny and a left turn from what everybody is expecting.
30 years later and Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence still have beef. LaRusso is successful, while Lawrence has fallen on hard times in a dead-end job, which leads him to reopen the Cobra Kai dojo. LaRusso is clearly not enthusiastic about his rival's decision, but things start to get complicated when Lawrence begins to teach a bullied teenager how to defend himself, only to find out that Daniel-San's daughter is the one responsible for most of the bullying. William Zabka has revealed that his Johnny Lawrence character and Ralph Macchio's Daniel LaRusso are friends deep down, but it looks like that friendship might get interrupted.
Ralph Macchio has been hesitant to do anything with the Karate Kid franchise after being asked to do various projects over the years, but this YouTube Red series seemed different enough of a fresh take for both actors. He has said that the premise behind Cobra Kai is "Daniel's worst nightmare," which makes sense when you think of the dojo reopening and his daughter ending up as a bully. This goes firmly against the teachings of Mr. Miyagi.
Seeing William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence back in the black Cobra Kai gear is pretty awesome and it looks like he's training more of the bullied population than the rough and tough kids that were in the dojo back in its 80s heyday. The role reversal looks good in this case and doesn't come off as cheesy like some other remakes or reboots try and do these days. The end of the teaser trailer still proves that young Johnny Lawrence is still there deep down inside when a student is asked if there's a preferred way that he wants his window cleaned.
Cobra Kai features 10 thirty-minute episodes and was written by 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. There is no official release date set, but the show is expected to hit YouTube Red later this year. For now, these teasers will have to do, and one can imagine one featuring Daniel LaRusso is on deck next. You can check out the second teaser trailer for Cobra Kai below, thanks to the Cobra Kai YouTube channel.