There is little doubt that Aang will be the main focus of Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender. However, it looks like the upcoming live-action reboot could also introduce another Avatar. A casting update possibly confirms that a previous incarnation of the Avatar will appear in the show and the character might play a significant role in the remake!
The casting update comes from Knight Edge Media which reports that Avatar: The Last Airbender is currently looking to cast a character named "Dakota." Although the name itself doesn't ring any bells, the description of the character seems to point to one of the previous incarnations of the Avatar.
"Character is male, 30s to 40s, of Indigenous descent. A legendary warrior from the past, he appears as a spirit to deliver a warning to the tribe about the consequences of losing the coming battle. He has a soulful and melancholy demeanor, the result of losing the love of his life during a past war," the description reads. It also confirms that "Dakota" will be a recurring character appearing in at least two episodes.
So who is "Dakota" and why is he so important in the series? It is believed that the casting call with the fake name is for the Avatar Kuruk, who was the incarnation that preceded Kyoshi. The latter has already been cast and will be played by Yvonne Chapman so it wouldn't be a huge stretch if Kuruk showed up in the reboot as well.
Kuruk was of the Northern Water Tribe who grew careless due to being an Avatar during a peaceful period. However, he made a lot of mistakes and lost the love of his life to Koh the Facestealer. Kuruk is known for being the Avatar who died early at the age of 33.
For now, Kuruk's casting has not yet been confirmed. However, we could get a new update very soon.
Avatar: The Last Airbender has not yet been given an official release date. Stay tuned for more updates on this story.