After a thorough search to find your new the karate boy, Sony Pictures has signed Ben Wang to star in the next installment of the franchise, Deadline has confirmed.

The new pic also stars Jackie Chan and Ralph Macchio reprising their roles from previous films.

Plot details are vague other than it is set on the East Coast and focuses on a teenager from China who finds strength and direction through a mentor's martial arts.

Jonathan Entwistle is directing with Rob Lieber writing the script. Karen Rosenfelt is producing and the film is scheduled to open on December 13, 2024.

Wang is best known for his starring role in the Disney+ series American born Chinese, which also stars Michelle Yeoh. He is represented by Stewart Talent, Artists First and Schreck Rose. The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

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