'Cobra Kai' season 4: Release Date, Trailer, Cast and Latest News
Cobra Kai is one of Netflix's most popular shows. It follows former Karate Kid rivals Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso almost 30 years after the events of the first film. Now, they're all grown up with kids of their own, but their rivalry reignites when Johnny reopens the Cobra Kai dojo and begins teaching new karate students of the next generation.
The Cobra Kai season 3 finale ends with Daniel and Johnny putting aside their longtime feud and teaming up to take on Johnny's ex-mentor, the sadistic John Kreese (Martin Kove). They merge their dueling dojos, Miyagi-do and Eagle Fang, to take on Cobra Kai at the All Valley Karate Tournament.
If Daniel and Johnny's students win, Kreese will leave for good. But Kreese always has a few dirty tricks up his sleeves; this time, he may be calling in an old, even nastier pal who is familiar to anyone who's seen Karate Kid Part III.
Where is Cobra Kai season 4 in production?
Production status: Concluded filming on April 30th, 2021
As we covered above, writing for season 4 technically began before the show was even fully picked up by Netflix as they awaited news based on the performance of the addition of seasons 1 and 2 to Netflix over the summer.
And now we’re wrapped! #CobraKai #Season4— Jon Hurwitz (@jonhurwitz) April 30, 2021
By late October 2020, the writing staff had concluded after 14 weeks of writing. From then, more polishing into the scripts took place in preparation for filming.
As for when filming will start, that was always believed to be taking place in early 2021 as we reported in September. Now, thanks to a production listing, we have an estimated timeframe as to how long production will take.
As reported, filming was originally set to take place from January 20th, 2021 and run through April 15th, 2021.
It’s unclear when filming actually got underway but the first script could suggest it didn’t get underway until a month later on February 26th, 2021. In an interview with Ralph Macchio with the NYTimes, he suggested that Netflix wasn’t allowing cast and crew to inform us with regards to filming updates.
Season 4 Episode 1 is called “Let’s Begin” and is written by Josh Heald, John Hurwitz and Hayden Schl0ssberg.
Since filming began we’ve had a few updates from the cast and crew of progress. On March 26th, Jon Hurwitz posted that they shot several scenes that will massively vary saying some will make you cry and some will make you laugh. Then, on April 30th, Jon Hurwitz and members of the cast and crew took to social media to share the fact they’ve done with filming.
Cobra Kai season 4 release date
Netflix has not set a release date for Cobra Kai season 4 yet, but Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos told investors that it will premiere in Q4 2021.
In October, showrunner Jon Hurwitz revealed on Twitter that the writers had completed all the scripts for season 4.
Final day of the Season 4 writers room. 14 weeks with some of my favorite people in the world. Scripts are rolling in. Excited we’ll have everything written and polished by the time we start filming. It’s going to be another kick ass season! #cobrakai #cobrakaionnetflix pic.twitter.com/a5xBaZcOLZ— Jon Hurwitz (@jonhurwitz) October 23, 2020
Now that filming has finished, Cobra Kai isn't the kind of show that needs a ton of special effects in post-production, so season 4 can turn around quickly and be ready to premiere in October, November or December 2021, reported Collider.
Cobra Kai season 4 cast
While it’s a little too early to go over all the cast members for season 4, we can expect the majority of the main cast to remain. The new headline guest star from previous films coming back for the series is Thomas Ian Griffith who plays Terry Silver.
As for other guest stars from the old movies, that’s completely up to speculation right now too. One of the key names that have yet to return is Hillary Swank as Julie Pierce. In an interview with CinemaBlend, Hurwitz discussed the possibility of saying:
“In our writers’ room we speak about literally every character that has appeared in the Miyagi-verse, so it’s obvious that we’ve spoken about Julie Pierce. As to whether or not she’ll return to the series, that’s something you’ll just have to wait to find out.”
As for whether Elisabeth Shue will return seems up in the air too. Her character, Ali, is likely returning home to be with her two kids as she was only down for the holidays. Never say never though especially since she’s now divorced and the moment they shared before the call, What's On Netflix cites.
The first big new cast announcements came in late February when it was revealed two new faces would appear in Cobra Kai season 4.
Here’s what was announced:
~Vanessa Rubio and Peyton List would be promoted to series regulars.
~Dallas Dupree Young was cast as Kenny, “a bullied new kid in school who turns to karate as a way to defend himself.”
~Oona O’Brien will play Devon “a potential new karate student who is relentlessly competitive, a quick study, and equally quick-tempered when she’s provoked.”
Cobra Kai season 4 theories and spoilers
Season 3 ended with another all-out brawl, this time pitting Cobra Kai students against their former friends (now part of Eagle Fang dojo) and members of Miyagi-do. And it took place in the LaRusso home!
Johnny, then Daniel confronted John Kreese at Cobra Kai dojo, threatening to do whatever it took to stop him. Kreese offered them a deal: He would leave town if they won the reinstated All Valley Tournament. The next day, Johnny and Daniel teamed up to start training the students of their merged dojos.
Cobra Kai season 4 should focus heavily on the upcoming competition at the All Valley Tournament.
As for other storylines in Cobra Kai season 4, we expect more love triangle drama from Samantha, Miguel and Robby. Plus, there might be some more movement in Johnny's romance with Miguel's mom, Carmen.
Co-creator Jon Hurwitz recently took to Twitter to tease some emotional scenes in the next batch of episodes. Fans should get ready to laugh AND cry. Hurwitz also clarified whether the show will address coronavirus, which was a question from a fan on Twitter. Since the show takes place in 2018 and 2019, it will not incorporate the pandemic.
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