Today’s casting news finds new parts for some old, familiar faces, and a new old part for another. Let’s kick it!
Since we’re kicking it, we’ll start with the man responsible for some of the cheapest kicks in the Valley back in the ‘80s. Martin Kove, aka Yes Sensei, aka John Kreese. He’s joining YouTube Red’s new hit series Cobra Kai as a regular in Season 2.
**Bit of a spoiler here, so move on down to the next bit of news if you’re still waiting to see the finale of Cobra Kai…**
Kove appeared ever-so-briefly in the final scene of the show’s finale to rekindle his relationship with former student Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka). Since it was teased as a cliffhanger, it’s nice to see Kove will be play a regular part in Season 2, set to debut in 2019.
Before that 30-plus-years-in-the-making meeting, the last time we saw these two onscreen together, Kreese was choking out Johnny for losing the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament to underdog Danny LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), aka The Karate Kid. Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) stepped in and thoroughly embarrassed Kreese with a some blood to the fists and a honk to the nose, so hopefully we’ll get a chance to see what he’s been up to ever since.
Elsewhere, Disney Channel’s live-action Kim Possible flick is gearing up to save the world, adding Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Alyson Hannigan to play brain surgeon Dr. Ann Possible, aka Mom Possible, aka the mother of the high school student/international super spy eponymous lead, played by previously announced Sadie Stanley. Sean Giambrone (The Goldbergs) was also added earlier as Kim’s loyal, naked mole-rat loving sidekick, Ron Stoppable.
Kim’s getting another family member, too, as veteran actor Connie Ray (The Time Machine, The Big C) has signed on to play Kim’s grandmother, Nana Possible. Also boarding the series are Todd Stashwick (Gotham, 12 Monkeys) and Taylor Ortega as the ever-scheming villains Drakken and Shego.
The live-action film reboots the popular Disney Channel animated series that ran from 2002-2007, in which Kim navigated the ups and downs of high school life while also managing the challenges of thwarting villainy in the international spy game. Featuring the very writers who brought us the original, Emmy winners Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley, the movie is set to air in 2019.
Finally, James Cromwell (The Green Mile, American Horror Story) will lend his stoic and steady presence to Starz sophomore season of Counterpart. According to Deadline, Cromwell will play Yanek, a “major recurring role” opposite series lead J.K. Simmons.
Simmons plays dual roles in the show: Howard Silk, a United Nations employee who realizes his agency is covering up a portal to another dimension; as well as Howard’s seemingly identical counterpart in this parallel world. Cromwell’s Yanek will be the “enigmatic warden of Echo, an underground facility where Howard finds himself fighting for his life.”
Season 2 of Counterpart is currently filming in L.A. No word yet as to a debut date.