Will Hilary Swank be in Cobra Kai? Fans Predict Julie Pierce Cameo

Cobra Kai began by completely cropping the years 1984 The Karate Kid. Continuing the story of that film 34 years later, the series made it clear that original antagonist Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) may have messed up his own life a bit, but he wasn’t all that bad ( and he likes a good Banquet Beer, mark of every great man). And while Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) certainly was always a good guy, Johnny didn’t always see him that way. There was a lot for Cobra Kai crop in his first two seasons, and he did just that – to the excitement of Karate Kid fans everywhere.

Subsequent seasons have continued to reframe the events and characters fans have come to know from both the original Karate Kid and the sequels that came years later. Older versions of John Kreese, Terry Silver, Chozen, Ali, Jessica Andrews, and Mike Barnes are among the many who have spent their time in the spotlight, and the show has never failed to put an interesting spin on characters who were originally. featured in the movie. Characters like Silver, who was an 80s villain in The Karate Kid Part III—got a new depth. Still a total villain, but one that makes a lot more sense in the new types of context.

Showrunners Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald are clearly up for those challenges.

So could we Cobra Kai perhaps the game for its biggest reclamation project to date? This would crop to roughly 1994 The next Karate Kid, which instead of Macchio starred a young Hilary Swank as Julie Pierce and holds 7% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film only made $15 million at the box office against a budget of $12 million – barely the blockbuster reboot the producers were looking for – and was effectively the final chapter in the film series. The story stopped there until Cobra Kaiit is debut in 2018 (the 2010 Karate Kid film produced by Will Smith is a whole different world).

But since Cobra Kai brought back just about every major character from the Karate Kid past universe, people naturally wonder if it might not be time for The Next Karate Kidof the Oscar-winning star to make his debut alongside Daniel and Johnny.

Will Hilary Swank be present Cobra Kai like Julie Pierce?

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At this time, we don’t know for sure. Swank is an in-demand performer with two acting Oscars to her name (for boys don’t cry and Million dollar baby), and is set to lead another show called Alaska Daily (of Projector director Tom McCarthy) in 2023. So it might be hard to lock time into his schedule. It could also be difficult to convince her to return to a role that appeared early in her career in a film that received the worst reviews of her career.

Swank herself, however, is aware that Cobra Kai the fans are a strong and resilient group (as Sean Kanan said men’s health in a recent interview, “Hell has no fury like the Cobra Kai army”). In a 2019 interview with Uproxx, she told writer Mike Ryan that she only found out about the show’s existence because people were constantly asking if she was going to appear on it:

Oh my god, that’s so funny. I didn’t even know what it was and I kept asking people, “When are you going to do Cobra Kai?” I thought, “What are they talking about?” My dog’s name is Kai, so I’m like, “wait, what?” And then I finally understood. But I mean, the number of people in a day asking, “Are you going to do Cobra Kai?”, it’s pretty fascinating.

She also referred to a “confrontation” between her Julie Pierce and Macchio’s Daniel LaRusso, which would certainly be something to see in our modern context of Cobra Kai. It should also be noted that these quotes are from 2019, long before the show gained an even bigger following in late 2020 when it landed on Netflix. Swank probably saw his inquiries about Cobra Kai multiply.

Co-creator Jon Hurwitz was frequently asked on Twitter about Swank’s possible appearance on the show. “Who wouldn’t love to work with Hilary Swank? he asked rhetorically in September 2021 when a fan asked.

He gave a more detailed answer when asked the same question in 2019 (responding to someone quoting Swank’s answer in the Uproxx interview above). “We all know the characters of the Karate Kid universe,” he said. “If their presence adds to our current story and the actor wants it, we’ll include them. Otherwise, we won’t. Either way, we’ll never tell the public that a character is coming back until they appear on screen.”

Could go either way! But if you want further proof that Hurwitz and the other co-creators are just massive Karate Kid fans, look no further than a deep Tweet from 2011: “Any Karate Kid co-starring Pat Morita including Hilary Swank editing,” he wrote, before adding the hashtag #MoviesIWatchWheneverTheyAreOn.

So it looks like the co-creators are up for it. All it’s about, then, is landing a two-time Oscar-winning actress. That shouldn’t be too difficult, right?

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