'Cobra Kai' Star Ralph Macchio Quietly Addressed This Old Cast Member Returning in Season 6

'Cobra Kai' Star Ralph Macchio Quietly Addressed This Old Cast Member Returning in Season 6

That’s right, folks. Ralph Macchio may have signed this remaining member of the original Karate kids franchise to help close Cobra Kai.

While Netflix announced Cobra Kai season 6 as his last, it has only released small teasers for what’s to come. One thing is for sure, though: each season traditionally brings nostalgic invitations to Miyagivers’ big players. So, with an end in sight, fans can’t help but wait with bated breath for one last one alum to finally join the fold. It’s Julie Pierce.

Hilary Swank played child prodigy in The next Karate Kid. On Lives with Kelly and Ryanshe even admitted that she would be nice when she got the call.

Hilary Swank as Julie Pierce and Noriyuki Pat Morita as Mr. Miyagi in a scene from the 1994 film The next Karate Kid.

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“I’m not in Cobra Kaino one has asked me to join Cobra Kai“, she told the hosts. “A lot of people are asking if I’m going to be on. It’s like no. 1 question I get.”

It seems that Hilary’s quote went back to Ralph. In an interview in October 2022, the actor commented on Cobra Kai had another cameo under his belt. To that, Ralph said, “I think there really is room in the Miyagiverse.”

The My cousin Vinny star noted that Hilary’s cameo would make perfect sense. “You can imagine that Julie Pierce and Daniel LaRusso knew each other even though we don’t have those scenes, and I’m not part of that specific movie,” he told CinemaBlend.

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Hilary Swank as Julie Pierce for the 1994 film The next Karate Kid.

Ralph went on to say that the final say belongs to the showrunners, but it’s not a closed discussion. He expects that “if there is an opportunity, it will be taken up.”

The next Karate Kid

He added: “Listen, most of this rests on Ion [Hurwitz], Josh [Heald] and Hayden [Schlossberg], who create the show and the writing staff. And we’re always very cooperative, and we always talk things through. They’re great listeners and that’s why, like I said, they care, and I care. So I think that’s why it all works.”

Turns, each possible Miyagiverse characters have been mulled over in the writers’ room — showrunner Jon Hurwitz certainly includes Julie Pierce.

He finally left that possibility open in December 2020: “Whether or not she’ll return to the series, that’s something you’ll just have to wait to find out.”

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