An American anime-influenced television series, Avatar: The Last Airbender or simply Avatar has risen to be identified as one of the best-animated series, which is created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, with production in the hands of Nickelodeon Animation Studio. The popularity of this American anime is so widespread that it will now be getting a Netflix live-action adaptation.
Be that as it may, the journey of Avatar: The Last Airbender did not have a smooth start. During the development of the series, the two co-creators, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko have abstained from the project. Instead, Albert Kim has replaced them as the new showrunner. In addition to these, there are some more juicy details about Avatar: The Last Airbender that we collected just for you.
Find out all the latest updates regarding the show below!
What to expect from Avatar: The Last Airbender?
Although the plot of the live-action series of the anime has not been released yet, we expect it follows the same outline as the award-winning animation. For those unversed or who fail to recollect, the anime series follows the life of Aang, who is the last surviving member of the Air Nomads. After being for 100 years, he was discovered by two Souther Water Tribe members, Katara and her brother Sokka.
Once he thaws out, Aang discovers that the militarily regimented Fire Nation intends to invade other Kingdoms and plans to dominate the entire world. In order to cease their plans, Aang realizes his mission to master all four elements and become the Avatar to restore peace in the land.
In 2018, Netflix stated that the live-action adaptation of the series would be a “re-imagining” of Avatar: The Last Airbender.
“While this doesn’t mean that the Avatar: The Last Airbender Netflix live-action series will be a strict remake, it does indicate that it will follow the same beats and story progression as the first season in the animation did back in 2005.”
When it comes to what the creators of the show think and feel, DiMartino wrote, “Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Avatar has the potential to be good. It might turn out to be a show many of you end up enjoying. But what I can be certain about is that whatever version ends up on-screen, it will not be what Bryan [Konietzko] and I had envisioned or intended to make.”
Who are the cast members of Avatar: The Last Airbender?
The current list of Avatar: The Last Airbender Netflix live-action series includes the following cast members:
- Gordon Cormier as Aang
- Kiawentiio as Katara
- Ian Ousley as Sokka
- Dallas Liu as Zuko
- Daniel Dae Kim as Fire Lord Ozai
- Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Uncle Iroh
- Lim Kay Siu as Gyatso
- Ken Leung as Commander Zhao
- Hiro Kanagawa as Fire Lord Sozin
- Elizabeth Yu as Azula
- Yvonne Chapman as Kyoshi
- George Takei as Koh
- Randall Duk Kim as Wan Shi Tong
- Tamlyn Tomita as Yukari
- François Chau as Great Sage
- Ryan Mah as Lt. Dang
- Thalia Tran as Mai
- Lucian-River Chauhan as Teo
- Irene Bedard as Yagoda
- CS Lee as Roku
- Meegwun Fairbrother as Kuruk
- Joel Oulette as Hahn
- Nathaniel Arcand as Chief Arnook
- Momona Tamada as Ty Lee
- Arden Cho as June
- Joel Montgrand as Hakoda
- Rainbow Dickerson as Kya
- James Sie
- Utkarsh Ambudkar as King Bumi
- Sebastian Amoruso as Jet
- Danny Pudi as The Mechanist
- A Martinez as Master Pakku
- Amber Midthunder as Princess Yue
- Ruy Iskandar as Lt. Jee
- Ciara Mandel
- Jayden Zhang
- Calvin Carbonell
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Gordon Cormier is the 11-year-old newcomer who would stand on the vanguard of the cast as the master of all four elements. Concerning the casting of the show, Albert Kim, the showrunner said:
“We’ll be expanding and growing the world, and there will be surprises for existing fans and those new to the tale. But throughout this process, our byword has been ‘authenticity.’ To the story. To the characters. To the cultural influences.”
In addition to that, Michael Goi, Roseanne Liang and Jabbar Raisani are stated to be the directors of the new episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender on Netflix. The executive producers of the show include Dan Lin, Lindsey Liberatore and Michael Goi.
When can we expect Avatar: The Last Airbender to release on Netflix?
Ever since the streaming giant announced that a live-action adaptation will be made of Avatar: The Last Airbender in 2018, anime fans have been impatiently anticipating for the show to hit the Netflix library. Unfortunately, as previously mentioned, the official streamer has not released any official release date at the time of writing.
A reimagined, live-action “Avatar: The Last Airbender” series is coming to Netflix!
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According to TheDigitalFix, “The show will likely premiere sometime in 2023.”
On November 16, 2021, the streaming giant updated the fans on Twitter that the production for the live-action series has begun. In June 2022, the cast announced through Instagram that the production of the series had officially wrapped. Consequently, we can presume that the series is currently in the post-production stage.
As per the reports, the live-action series utilizes the same technology for filming that Disney Plus’ The Mandalorian had utilized, called Stagecraft. This technology enables the actors to perform scenes in real-time, whereas the digital environments are projected on a video wall. Resultantly, it saves time in editing and post-production.
Based on this data, we presume the live-action adaptation of the series Avatar: The Last Airbender to release sometime in the second half of 2023.
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