Joshua Jackson Joins 'Karate Kid', First Movie Role in Nearly a Decade

ET can confirm that Joshua Jackson has joined the cast of Sony Pictures' upcoming film Karate child, next to Ben Wang, Jackie Chan And Ralph Macchio.

According to Sony Pictures, the film will both merge and continue the film's mythology and bring the story to the East Coast, focusing on a teenager from China who finds strength and direction through martial arts and a tough yet wise mentor.

Other plot details remain under wraps, but the studio shared that Macchio will reprise his role as Daniel LaRusso from the original. Karate child film trilogy, which began in 1984 when Macchio's Daniel moved to California and became an unlikely karate champion under the tutelage of Mr. Miyagi, played by the late Pat Morita.

The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report news of Joshua's casting.

Jackson is best known for TV roles as Dawson's Creek, The affair and, most recently, in the Paramount+ drama Fatal attraction. He also starred in the Peacock drama Dr. Deadwhich earned him a Critics Choice Award in 2022.

Some of his earlier films have been included The mighty ducks trilogy, The skulls, Gossip And Cruel intentions. When the latest version of Karate child hits theaters on December 13 and is Jackson's first film in nearly a decade since his 2015 drama. Sky.

The latest episode of Karate child – a pop culture phenomenon that has been around for nearly three decades and has earned more than $600 million worldwide – is directed by Jonathan Entwistle, with Rob Lieber writing the screenplay. Karen Rosenfelt is on as producer.

Jackson's addition to the cast is the latest since Sony Pictures announced in November that Macchio and Chan would return to reprise their roles.

Macchio also stars on Netflix Cobra Kaiwhich takes place several decades after the events of the original Karate child trilogy. Netflix announced that production in season 6 of Cobra Kai started last month.

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