“Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. Then, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked. Only the Avatar, master of all four elements, could stop them, but when the world needed him most, he vanished”.
Now, the Avatar and the gang are making a huge comeback on the television screen in Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action series.
Announced in 2018, the live-action series adaptation of Avatar faced delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with filming commencing in 2021. The cast features fresh talents like Gordon Cormier as Aang, alongside renowned Hollywood actors. After three years of development, Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender project is gaining momentum. Fans can now look forward to new details and insights about the highly anticipated series. Here’s everything we know so far about Netflix’s adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender.
In the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender, individuals are born into four distinct nations: the Water Tribe, Earth Kingdoms, Air Nomads, and Fire Nation. Each nation has its own elemental bending abilities, allowing individuals to manipulate their respective elements. However, only the Avatar possesses the unique ability to master all four elements, serving as a vital link between humans and the spirit world. This epic story revolves around the Avatar’s journey to restore balance and harmony to the world.
In the face of the Fire Nation’s aggressive war declaration, Aang, the Avatar, is compelled to travel the world and acquire mastery over all four elements. Along the way, he forms vital alliances with Sokka and Katara, while also facing the persistent threat of Prince Zuko. Aang’s mission is to find new allies, evade his enemies, and ultimately fulfill his destiny as the Avatar, bringing balance and harmony back to a world on the brink of chaos.
The upcoming Netflix series will primarily focus on Aang’s transformative journey to fully embody his role as the Avatar. With extended episode lengths, the series aims to delve deeper into the development of supporting characters and explore subplots that may have received less attention in the original animated series. Unlike the regular half-hour format of the animated show, each episode of the Netflix series is expected to run between 40 minutes to an hour, providing ample time for character growth and a more immersive storytelling experience.
Netflix’s Avatar live-action cast
Gordon Cormier, a talented 12-year-old Filipino-Canadian actor, has secured the lead role of Aang, the central character, in the upcoming Netflix live-action series. With notable performances in shows like “Two Sentence Horror Stories” as Young Charles and “The Stand” as Joe, Cormier has proven his acting prowess and now has the opportunity of a lifetime to bring the beloved character of Aang to life on screen.
Kiawentiio Tarbell, a promising actress, will take on the role of Katara, the skilled waterbender and Aang’s closest companion and love interest in the Netflix series. Known for her performances as Maya Thomas in “Rutherford Falls” and Ka’kwet in “Anne with an E,” the Netflix adaptation of “Anne of Green Gables,” Tarbell’s talent and versatility have earned her recognition. Additionally, her appearance in the award-winning Canadian film “Beans” further demonstrates her capabilities as an actress.
Ian Ousley, known for his role as Robby Corman in “13 Reasons Why,” will be taking on the role of Sokka in the live-action adaptation of Avatar on Netflix. Fans are excited to see Ousley bring Sokka’s character to life and showcase his skills with the iconic boomerang.
Dallas Liu, an American actor, is no stranger to live-action adaptations and will be taking on the role of Prince Zuko in the Netflix series. Liu made his debut as young Jin Kazama in the film adaptation of “Tekken” in 2009. More recently, he appeared in the Marvel film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” portraying the character Ruihua Chen, Katy’s younger brother. With his previous experience and talent, Liu is poised to deliver a compelling performance as Prince Zuko.
Other notable actors joining the cast of the Avatar live-action series on Netflix include Daniel Dae Kim, who will portray Fire Lord Ozai, and Paul Sun-hyung Lee, who will take on the role of Uncle Iroh. Ken Leung will play Commander Zhao, Maria Zhang will portray Suki, and Elizabeth Yu will bring Azula to life. With such a talented ensemble, fans can look forward to seeing these beloved characters come to life in the highly anticipated series.
Netflix’s Avatar: The last Airbender series – Release Date
The highly anticipated Last Airbender film, set to release on October 10, 2025, will mark the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the Avatar universe. Produced by Nickelodeon Animation, Paramount Animation, and Avatar Studios, this film will follow Avatar Aang and his friends as they embark on a thrilling new adventure. Led by the creative vision of Last Airbender creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, fans can expect an immersive cinematic experience that stays true to the beloved animated series.
Since its establishment in 2021, Avatar Studios has expanded its ambitious plans within the Last Airbender universe. Initially set to produce one film, the company has now announced the development of three films and a television series. One of the films will delve into the captivating journey of Zuko, a beloved character who underwent a transformation from villain to hero. Another film will explore the story of Avatar Korra, the protagonist of the sequel series The Legend of Korra. While the initial plan was to release the films in 2024, 2025, and 2026 respectively, the first film’s release in 2025 may lead to the second and third films premiering in 2026 and 2027 instead. Fans can anticipate a rich expansion of the Last Airbender universe in the coming years.