Netflix's Live-Action Avatar The Last Airbender Release Date, Plot Details, Cast, Trailer & Everything You Need to Know

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Netflix's live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender is currently in production, 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.

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Co-created by Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, the American animated series premiered 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 adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Avatar: The Last Airbender Plot: Will it adapt the same epic story from the animated series?

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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?

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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

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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:

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"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.

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On Nov. 3, Daniel Dae Kim (The Hot Zone: Anthrax, Hawaii Five-0) has been cast to play Fire Lord Ozai, the ruthlessly driven ruler of the Fire Nation who demands that everyone live up to his impossible standards.

On Nov. 16, the show added Kim’s Convenience alum Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Lim Kay Siu (Anna and The King) and Ken Leung (Industry) to the cast. Lee will play Uncle Iroh; Siu will play Gyatso; Leung will play Commander Zhao. Later that month, Lee shared an emotional Q&A video in which he gushes over the cast and diversity of the show.

On Nov. 29, star Gordon Cormier, who plays Aang in the show, shared a cast photo teasing his character's iconic shaven look. When this was shared, fans were paying attention to his hairline, and it's clear that he's ready to play the role.

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On Dec. 16, Deadline reported that the show added Elizabeth Yu (All My Love), Yvonne Chapman (Kung Fu),Tamlyn Tomita (Cobra Kai), Casey Camp-Horinek (Reservation Dogs), and Maria Zhang (All I Ever Wanted) to its cast.

Yu will play Azula, the intensely driven princess of the Fire Nation. A fire-bending prodigy and relentless perfectionist, she’ll stop at nothing to secure her position as the heir to the throne.

Chapman will play Avatar Kyoshi, a legendary warrior revered for her bravery, fearsome fighting skills, and uncompromising dedication to the cause of justice.

Zhang will play Suki, the intimidating leader of the Kyoshi Warriors, an elite female fighting force dedicated to protecting their community and upholding the ideals of their namesake, Avatar Kyoshi.

Tomita will play Yukari, Suki’s mother and the fiercely protective mayor of her small village on Kyoshi Island.

Camp-Horinek will play Gran Gran, Katara and Sokka’s grandmother and the compassionate and wise matriarch of the Southern Water Tribe.

On Instagram, the official Netflix Geeked account shared a collection of behind-the-scenes photos of what the cast has been up to. The photos range from candid shots of the actors being stilly to more serious moments of them getting ready to film.

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According to a report from Avatar News, the outlet has learned that Arden Cho has been cast in Netflix's live-action adaptation. The update says Cho has been brought on to play June in the upcoming series, so the actress will get to take the role of one of the best bounty hunters in the Elemental Nations.

On Aug. 22, Avatar News reported that Thali Tran, who has previously starred in Raya and the Last Dragon, will play Mai, the Fire Nation noble in the upcoming live-action series. The casting completes Azula's beloved trio of the Fire Nation's most formidable warriors.

In September 2022, Knight Edge Media reports that the Netflix series added actor Sebastian Amoruso to its cast as Jet. Later that month, Netflix rounded out the cast of the live-action adaptation, with 20 new additions, including George Takei, Arden Cho, Utkarsh Ambudkar, and Danny Pudi.

Takei (Star Trek, Resident Alien) is voicing Koh, an ancient, predatory spirit.

Randall Duk Kim (John Wick, Kung Fu Panda) will voice Wan Shi Tong, the Spirit of Knowledge who appears in the form of a giant owl.

Cho, Ambudkar and Pudi all play characters from the Earth Kingdom. Here are the characters they play, according to Variety:

Ambudkar (Ghosts, World's Best) as King Bumi, the ancient and mercurial ruler of the Earth Kingdom city of Omashu

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Pudi (Community, Mythic Quest) as the mechanist, an eccentric engineer and inventor who's doing his best to raise his son in a war-torn world.

Other Earth Kingdom characters are played by Lucian-River Chauhan (Encounter, Heartland) as Teo, the high-flying and idealistic son of the mechanist; and James Sie (Stillwater) as the cabbage merchant, a long-suffering vegetable vendor in Omashu.

For characters in the Water Tribe:

Amber Midthunder (Prey, Roswell) as Princess Yue, the compassionate spiritual leader of the Northern Water Tribe

A Martinez (Cowboy Bebop, Ambulance) as Pakku, the veteran waterbending master of the Northern Water Tribe and a strong defender of their traditions.

Irene Bedard (Pocahontas, The Stand) as Yagoda, an empathetic healer who serves as a role model for her tribe’s female waterbenders

Joel Oulette (Trickster, Ruby and the Well) as Hahn, a strong and skilled warrior with an unwavering loyalty to his tribe

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Nathaniel Arcand (Heartland, FBI: Most Wanted) as Chief Arnook, father to Princess Yue and the respected leader of their tribe

Meegwun Fairbrother (Burden of Truth, Mohawk Girls) as Avatar Kuruk, a previous Avatar with a haunted past.

For characters in the Fire Nation:

Momona Tamada (Secret Headquarters, The Baby-Sitters Club) as Ty Lee, an energetic and upbeat teen and one of Princess Azula’s best friends

Thalia Tran (Raya and the Last Dragon, Little) as Mai, an unflappable and deadpan teen who, along with Ty Lee, is one of Princess Azula’s closest allies.

Ruy Iskandar (Yes Day, Benders) is Lt. Jee, the first officer of Prince Zuko’s ship.

Hiro Kanagawa (Altered Carbon, The Man in the High Castle) as Fire Lord Sozin, the ruthless and ambitious previous ruler of the Fire Nation and grandfather to Fire Lord Ozai.

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C.S. Lee (Dexter, Warrior) as Avatar Roku, a benevolent and wise past Avatar from the Fire Nation

François Chau (The Expanse, American Gigolo) as the Great Sage, the venerated spiritual leader of the Fire Nation and guardian of Avatar Roku’s shrine.

Ryan Mah (The Good Doctor, Snowpiercer) as Lt. Dang, Commander Zhao’s second-in-command.

Avatar: The Last Airbender Release Date: When will it premiere on Netflix?

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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 recently started, the first season will probably premiere around late 2022 or sometime in 2023 at this point.

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.

On November 16, Netflix revealed that Avatar: The Last Airbender started production, and set photos of the cast together were shared on social media.

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On June 28, Collider reported that production on Netflix's live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender has wrapped up after seven months of filming in Vancouver, Canada. However, there is no release date yet.

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Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action trailer: Is there one out yet?

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Since production for the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender recently started, don't expect Netflix to release an official trailer anytime soon, but the first teaser will most likely arrive sometime in late 2022 or early 2023.

How many episodes will Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender have?

There will be a total of 8 1-hour-long episodes for the first season of Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender. This was confirmed by actor Paul Sun-hyung Lee during an interview with Handsome Genius Club Radio Show. As Avatar News reported, 8 has been the plan since before filming for the show began.

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BTS Photos in Atlanta reveal one of the sets

The BTS photos of Netflix's highly anticipated series reveal a look at one of the sets in Atlanta, Georgia.

Redditor Dripmaster926 shared a peek at one of the sets of the show. The set photos show a green screen backdrop on what appears to be an entrance to what will presumably be a much larger architecture when CGI is added. Based on the coloring and details shown, it looks like the set is meant to create a Fire Nation fortress or some kind of major location within the country.

Kiyoshi actress teases the show's epic scale

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Yvonne Chapman, who plays as Avatar Kiyoshi in Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender talked about her role in the show. Speaking to Everything Zen ExtraZ, Chapman teased a "phenomenal" adaptation.

"I can't say very much for this project, but I will say: from what I've seen, and my experience on the show, the fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender will not be disappointed with this live-action series. It looks phenomenal," Yvonne said.