Netflix's live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender is set to begin production this year, and even though the original creators are no longer involved with the project, there's a lot of exciting things fans can get hyped for.
Co-created by Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, the American animated series premired on Nickelodeon on February 21, 2005, and it follows the story of Aang and his friends, who must save the world by defeating Fire Lord Ozai and ending the dangerous war with the Fire Nation. The series was followed by a popular spin-off series in 2020 called The Legend of Korra.
Without further ado, here's everything we know so far about Netflix's live-action adapatation of Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Avatar: The Last Airbender plot: Will it adapt the same epic story from the animated series?
In September 2018, Netflix announced the "reimagined" live-action remake of Avatar: The Last Airbender, so the plot is expected to retread the same adventures as the original animated series. Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in a fantasy world divided into four separate nations each named after the classical elements: Air Nomads, Earth Kingdom, Water Tribes, and Fire Nation. In each kingdom, only a select few individuals known as "Benders" can wield their nation's element by using the regional martial arts as well as their telekinetic powers. The only one who's capable of mastering all four elements is the "Avatar", an international arbiter whose duty is to maintain harmony among the four nations.
The latest Avatar, Aang of the air nomads, was frozen in an iceberg for 100 years, but he was revived by Katara and Sokka of the Water Tribe, and after learning about the world war ignited by the Fire Nation, Aang goes into a quest to master the abilities of the remaining elements so he can bring harmony amongst the four nations.
Avatar: The Last Airbender Live-Action Cast: Who will play Aang and the other key characters?
On August 6, 2021, Netflix has announced the four core cast members of the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series.
The four cast members announced will play the roles of Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Zuko.
Here are the four actors cast as series regulars:
Gordon Cormier (Gabby Duran and the Unsittables) as Aang
Kiawentiio Tarbell (Beans) as Katara
Ian Ousley (13 Reasons Why) as Sokka
Dallas Liu (PEN15) as Zuko
Gordon Cormier, who will play Aang, recently confirmed that he plans to shave his head for the role.
Along with the cast announcement, showrunner and writer Albert Kim shared a statement:
"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. Authenticity is what keeps us going, both in front of the camera and behind it, which is why we've assembled a team unlike any seen before—a group of talented and passionate artists who are working around the clock to bring this rich and incredibly beautiful world to life."
Dante Basco, the voice of the Prince Zuko in the animated series, is also confirmed to play a role in Netflix's live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Avatar: The Last Airbender Release Date: When will it premiere on Netflix?
Netflix hasn't announced an official release date or release window for the live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender, but since the production is just starting this year, the first season will probably premiere around late 2022 or sometime in 2023 at this point.
According to a recent report,The Last Airbender will begin filming in November 2021.
It's likely that Netflix's live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender will be released sooner than the new Avatar animated films and TV shows from Paramount's Avatar Studios. Avatar Studios co-chief creative officer Bryan Kontiezko revealed that it will most likely take years before the new series and movies come out.
Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action trailer: Is there one out yet?
Since production for the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender is just starting this year, don't expect Netflix to release an official trailer anytime soon, but the first teaser will most likely arrive sometime in 2022.
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