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‘American Born Chinese’ actor Ben Wang lands lead in ‘Karate Kid’ movie

“American Born Chinese” actor Ben Wang is the next Karate Kid.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wang will star in the latest installment of the Karate Kid franchise, which is slated to premiere on Dec. 13, 2024.

In November 2023, Jackie Chan and Ralph Macchio announced the Karate Kid casting call. Thousands of applicants from around the world applied.

Wang was chosen because of his standout audition. He is also fluent in Mandarin and knows several forms of martial arts karate, wing chun/kung fu, gumdo, kempo and taekwondo, Variety reports.

The film will be directed by Jonathan Entwistle, known for “I Am Not Okay With This” and “The End of the F—ing World.” Ron Lieber will write the script, and Karen Rosenfelt will produce.

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