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Avatar: The Last Airbender[6] is an upcoming series produced by Netflix in partnership with Nickelodeon, aiming to retell the story of Avatar: The Last Airbender in a live action format. Both Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko were returning to helm this adaptation, until they departed from the series in 2020.[7] Production was originally scheduled to begin in 2019,[8] with the show formerly slated to air in 2020;[6] however, production officially began on November 16, 2021.[9][10]

On March 22, 2022, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, the actor who will portray Iroh, confirmed that the series will have eight hour-long episodes.[5]

Cast

  • Gordon Cormier as Aang,[4] a fearless and fun-loving twelve-year-old who just happens to be the Avatar, master of all four elements and the keeper of balance and peace in the world. An airbending prodigy, Aang is a reluctant hero, struggling to deal with the burden of his duties while still holding on to his adventurous and playful nature.[11]
  • Kiawentiio as Katara,[4] a determined and hopeful waterbender, the last in her small village. Though only fourteen, she's already endured great personal tragedy, which has held her back from rising to her true potential, though it's never dimmed her warm and caring spirit.[11]
  • Ian Ousley as Sokka,[4] Katara's sardonic and resourceful 16-year-old brother. Outwardly confident, even brash, he takes his responsibility as the leader of his tribe seriously, despite his inner doubts over his warrior skills... doubts that he masks with his wit and deadpan sense of humor.[11]
  • Dallas Liu as Zuko,[4] a skilled firebender and the intense and guarded Crown Prince of the Fire Nation. Currently roaming the world in exile, he's on an obsessive quest to capture the Avatar because he believes that is the only way to reclaim his life and live up to the demands of his cruel and controlling father, the Fire Lord.[11]
  • Daniel Dae Kim as Fire Lord Ozai,[12][2] the ruthlessly-driven leader of the Fire Nation who demands everyone live up to his impossible standards, especially his teen son, Prince Zuko. Ozai's drive to conquer and unite the world under firebender rule is a family burden — he believes that it's his destiny to finish a war started by his ancestors.[13]
  • Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Uncle Iroh,[14] a retired Fire Nation general and the wise and nurturing mentor to his hot-headed nephew, Prince Zuko.[13]
  • Lim Kay Siu as Gyatso,[14] a kind and caring Air Nomad monk who is the guardian, father figure, and best friend to Aang.[13]
  • Ken Leung as Commander Zhao,[14] a scheming and ambitious Fire Nation military officer who's eager to leverage an unexpected encounter with a desperate Prince Zuko to advance his personal goals.[13]
  • Elizabeth Yu as Azula,[15] the intensely driven princess of the Fire Nation. A firebending prodigy and relentless perfectionist, she'll stop at nothing to secure her position as the heir to the throne.[13]
  • Maria Zhang as Suki,[15] 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.[13]
  • Tamlyn Tomita as Yukari,[15] Suki's mother and the fiercely protective mayor of her small village on Kyoshi Island.[13][15]
  • Yvonne Chapman as Kyoshi,[15] a legendary warrior revered for her bravery, fearsome fighting skills, and uncompromising dedication to the cause of justice.[13]
  • Casey Camp-Horinek as Gran-Gran,[15] Katara and Sokka's grandmother and the compassionate and wise matriarch of the Southern Water Tribe.[13]
  • Ruy Iskandar as Lt. Jee.[16]

Crew

  • Albert Kim, showrunner, executive producer, writer[4][11]
  • Dan Lin, executive producer[4][11]
  • Lindsey Liberatore, executive producer[4][11]
  • Michael Goi, executive producer and director[4][11]
  • Jabbar Raisani, director[4]
  • Jet Wilkinson, director[2]
  • Roseanne Liang, director[4]

Production

Before casting choices were made, it was stated by Daniel Richtman in a post that they were "looking for a mostly Asian cast and a 12-14 [year old] Asian kid to play Aang".[17] DiMartino and Konietzko corroborated this in a post of their own, saying that they wanted to make a show that featured a "culturally appropriate, non-whitewashed cast".[18]

The following people and studios are known to be involved in the show:

  • Jang Chol Lee as a Concept Designer.[3]
  • Eddie Bonin as VFX Production Executive for Season One.[19]

On August 12, 2020, DiMartino and Konietzko announced they left the production in June, citing creative differences with Netflix.[7]

On March 15, 2021, it was confirmed that Albert Kim will be the showrunner for the live-adaption of Avatar: The Last Airbender on Netflix, with the production to begin August 16, 2021 in Vancouver, Canada.[20] On July 18, 2021, it was reported that the date of production is delayed, once again, to November 16, 2021, under the working title "Trade Winds", and will wrap by May, 2022.[21]

On August 12, 2021, Albert Kim penned an essay detailing why he chose to join the live-action adaptation project. He discussed how VFX technology is now mature enough, and how he sees this as an opportunity to tell a representative story. Alongside this essay, cast and crew for the project were announced.[4] On November 16, 2021, production officially commenced.[9][10]

On March 22, 2022, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee announced that the series has used a budget of at least US $100 million.[5]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 CAPE on Twitter. Twitter. Retrieved on August 12, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Andreeva, Nellie (November 3, 2021). Daniel Dae Kim Joins Avatar: The Last Airbender Netflix Live-Action Series As Fire Lord Ozai. Deadline. Retrieved on November 4, 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Jang Lee's profile on LinkedIn. Retrieved on July 8, 2020.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 Netflix's 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Sets Creative Team, Cast for Live-Action Adaptation. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on August 12, 2021.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Handsome Genius Club Radio Show. Episode 485. Interview with Paul Sun-Hyung Lee. Ruttgaizer (March 22, 2022). Retrieved on March 22, 2022.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Avatar: The Last Airbender. Netflix. Retrieved on October 24, 2018.
  7. 7.0 7.1 An open letter to Avatar: The Last Airbender fans. Michael Dante DiMartino. Retrieved on August 12, 2020.
  8. 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Live-Action Series In Works At Netflix. Deadline (September 18, 2018). Retrieved on September 18, 2018.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Albert Kim's Twitter. Albert Kim on Twitter (November 16, 2021). Retrieved on November 16, 2021.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Netflix Geeked's Twitter. Netflix Geeked (November 16, 2021). Retrieved on November 16, 2021.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 Bringing Avatar: The Last Airbender into the Live-Action Realm for Fans Old and New. Netflix. Retrieved on December 24, 2021.
  12. Netflix (November 3, 2021). Daniel Dae Kim has joined the cast of Avatar: The Last Airbender! He will play Fire Lord Ozai; Prince Zuko's father, the ruthlessly-driven leader of the Fire Nation!. Twitter. Retrieved on November 3, 2021.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 13.7 13.8 Avatar: The Last Airbender Announces 5 More Additions to Series Cast (December 16, 2021). Retrieved on December 24, 2021.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Alexandra Del Rosario. Netflix's 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Adds 'Kim's Convenience' Alum Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Lim Kay Siu & Ken Leung To Cast; Begins Production. Deadline. Retrieved on November 16, 2021.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 Ana Diaz. Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender finds its Azula and other key female roles. Polygon. Retrieved on December 16, 2021.
  16. Paul Sun-Hyung Lee's Instagram (February 20, 2022). Retrieved on February 20, 2022.
  17. Daniel Richtman's patreon. Patreon. Retrieved on March 3, 2020.
  18. Netflix planning live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender with original creators. The Verge (September 18, 2018). Retrieved on March 3, 2020.
  19. Eddie Bonin's profile on LinkedIn. Retrieved on July 8, 2020.
  20. Netflix announces Albert Kim as showrunner for live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender. Avatar News (March 15, 2021). Retrieved on March 15, 2021.
  21. Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender to Begin Filming Soon (July 18, 2021). Retrieved on July 19, 2021.
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