Lights, camera, wax on.
Cobb residents looking to launch their acting careers could catch that big break this week as an upcoming television series centered on the Karate Kid’s adult life shoots its season finale at Kennesaw State University’s Marietta campus.
Casting directors for “Cobra Kai” say they’re looking for extras for the filming of a karate tournament on campus. The series, which is set to air on YouTube Red sometime next year, depicts a grown Daniel LaRusso and rival bully Johnny Lawrence at it again more than three decades later. Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, who portrayed Daniel and Johnny, respectively, in the original 1984 film, have both reprised their roles in the show.
“It pretty much takes place in the adult lives of LaRusso and Lawrence,” said Chaz Yu, casting director for Atlanta-based Marinella Hume Casting. “We’re filming the big karate tournament scene in Marietta.”
Directors are looking for anyone 18 and older to portray tournament goers and event staff at the karate tournament, which will culminate the show’s first season.
Filming for the series began at the beginning of October, and Yu said plans are already in the works for a second season.
Cobra Kai’s producers are also seeking extras with real martial arts experience for the television spinoff, ideally between the ages of 14 and 22, to portray members of the tournament’s six karate teams, and someone at least 35 years old to play the role of a sensei. While martial arts experience is a must for the karate-specific roles, acting experience is not, said Yu.
Cobra Kai begins shooting on campus Thursday and Friday and continues Monday through Wednesday of next week. Aspiring extras do not have to be available all five days, but those looking to play the role of sensei or fill spots on the karate teams must be available Dec. 7, 8, 11, and 12.
Those looking to submit applications for available roles are urged to email recent photos along with their name, age, height, weight, experience (for karate roles), location and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line: MARIETTA TOURNAMENT. Submissions for anyone younger than 18 must be completed by a parent or guardian.
The positions are paid, with tournament-goers receiving about $8 per hour and martial arts positions paying about $12.50 per hour.