The announcement of a live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender was met with mixed reactions from fans. The previous attempt at a live-action adaptation, a movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan, was widely panned by both fans and critics. However, Netflix has promised that they will stay true to the original source material and have assembled a talented team to bring the show to life.
So, what do we know about the upcoming Avatar: The Last Airbender Netflix series? Read on as your trusted source of online entertainment news shares some updates:
There have been two major announcements regarding the cast, as well as several additional castings throughout the process. In August 2021, the first group of actors who will be playing key roles in the upcoming series was revealed.
The famous characters will be portrayed by these performers:
- Gordon Cormier as Aang
- Kiawentiio Tarbell as Katara
- Ian Ousley as Sokka
- Dallas Liu as Zuko
- Maria Zhang as Suki
- Yvonne Chapman as Avatar Kyoshi
- Casey Camp-Horinek as Gran Gran
- Elizabeth Yu cast as Azula
The roles of Uncle Iroh, Gyatso, and Commander Zhao have been assigned to Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Lim Kay Siu, and Ken Leung in that order.
Other cast members include:
- George Takei as Koh
- Randall Duk Kim as Wan Shi Tong
- Thalia Tran as Mai
- Irene Bedard as Yagoda
- Tamlyn Tomita as Yukari
- François Chau as the Great Sage of the Fire Temple.
- Ryan Mah as Fire Navy officer Lieutenant Dang (an original character)
- Meegwun Fairbrother as Avatar Kuruk
- Joel Oulette as Hahn of the Northern Water Tribe
- Arden Cho as June
- Joel Montgrand as Hakoda
- Momona Tamada as Ty Lee
- Rainbow Dickerson as Kya (Sokka and Katar’s mother)
- James Sie as a cabbage merchant
- Nathaniel Arcand as Chief Arnook
- Danny Pudi as Mechanist
- A Martinez as Master Pakku
- Amber Midthunder as Princess Yue of the Northern Water Tribe.
- Utkarsh Ambudkar as King Bumi of Omashu
Although there were rumors, Dante Basco, the voice actor for Prince Zuko in the animated series, later confirmed that he would not be reprising his role.
Who Are Involved in This Netflix Project?
One of the most thrilling developments at the start of the project was that the individuals who initially produced the Nickelodeon show would be participating.
Regrettably, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the creators of the show and would be in charge of overseeing it as executive producers and showrunners, left the project in the middle of 2020.
Netflix announced in February 2023 that Takeshi Furukawa would be responsible for the music in the upcoming Avatar: The Last Airbender series. Moreover, the original themes of the show will be incorporated into the new series as well.
Furukawa is responsible for creating the music for The Last Guardian video game on PlayStation and Mythic Quest on Apple TV+.
Dan Lin, through his company Rideback, is credited as an executive producer for some of Warner Brothers’ biggest movies, such as the Sherlock Holmes series, the Lego Movies, and the IT movies. He’s now listed as an executive producer for Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Albert Kim is now managing the show Avatar: The Last Airbender. He has previously worked with TNT on Leverage and Nikita. Ryan Halprin and Lindsey Liberatore have also joined the team as producers, with Rideback Productions being the main company behind the production. Rideback has also recently sold a different project to Netflix named Parallel.
IMDBPro has announced that Jang Chol Lee will be the concept designer for the series. He has previously worked on movies such as Big Hero 6, Tangled, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Beowulf.
The Avatar: The Last Airbender Netflix series has the potential to be a great adaptation of the beloved animated series. With a promise to stay true to the source material, fans can rest assured that the show will be in good hands.
While there is still much we don’t know about the series, fans are eagerly anticipating any news and are excited to see their favorite characters brought to life in a new way. Only time will tell if the Avatar: The Last Airbender Netflix series will live up to the hype, but we remain hopeful.
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