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“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.
The Avatar live-action series was announced in 2018, but owing to the COVID-19 epidemic, filming did not begin until 2021. The cast will include a number of new faces, including teenage actor Gordon Cormier as Aang, as well as other well-known Hollywood actors. The Netflix adaptation has been in development since 2018, and now, three years later, things are ramping up. We finally have more information on the upcoming project and what we can expect from the series. Here is everything we know about Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Avatar: The Last Airbender In the world, humans are born into one of four nations. Those are the Water Tribe, the Earth Kingdoms, the Air Nomad, and the Fire Nation. Depending on which nation you’re a part of, you might have the ability to be a “bender” — someone who can literally bend your nation’s element to your will. Only the Avatar can master all four elements since he serves as the bridge between humans and the spirit world.
After the Fire Nation declares war on the rest of the world, Aang, the current Avatar, is forced to go throughout the world in order to master all four elements before it’s too late. Aang must seek new alliances with Sokka and Katara while avoiding Prince Zuko’s wrath. Aang must seek new allies like Sokka and Katara, while also evading enemies like Prince Zuko.
The main plot of the Netflix series will follow Aang’s path to becoming a fully realized Avatar. While the increased length will allow them to develop the supporting cast and subplots that may have been overlooked in the original. The animated series is a regular half-hour show. And while many people enjoy it, it could have benefited from longer episodes. Here, each episode will most likely be between 40 minutes to an hour-long, giving the characters more time to be fleshed out.
Netflix’s Avatar live-action cast
The 12-year old Filipino-Canadian actor Gordon Cormier has landed the role of his lifetime. He will be playing Aang, the protagonist of the Netflix live-action series. Gordon Cormier has appeared in “Two Sentence Horror Stories” as Young Charles and in “The Stand” as Joe.
The waterbender Katara, played by up-and-coming actress Kiawentiio Tarbell, will be Aang’s greatest friend and love interest. Kiawentiio has played Maya Thomas in “Rutherford Falls” and Ka’kwet in “Anne with an E,” Netflix’s adaptation of the novel “Anne of Green Gables”. She also starred in the Canadian film “Beans,” which won an award.
From one Netflix series to another, Ian Ousley will be playing Sokka in the Avatar live-action. Ian Ousley previously appeared in “13 Reasons Why” as Robby Corman. We can’t wait to see Ian Ousley wield Sokka’s iconic boomerang soon!
American actor Dallas Liu is not new to live-action adaptations. He will play the role of Prince Zuko. He debuted as the young Jin Kazama in the movie version of Tekken back in 2009. Dallas Liu also recently appeared in the Marvel film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” where he played as Ruihua Chen, Katy’s younger brother.
In addition, Daniel Dae Kim as Fire Lord Ozai, Paul Sun-hyung Lee as Uncle Iroh, Ken Leung as Commander Zhao, Maria Zhang as Suki and Elizabeth Yu as Azula will play in the series.
Rrelease in cinemas on Oct. 10, 2025. The first of several previously announced Last Airbender projects, the film will focus on Avatar Aang and his friends embarking on a new adventure. The movie comes courtesy of Nickelodeon Animation, Paramount Animation and Avatar Studios, the recently formed company co-led by Last Airbender creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko.
Since Avatar Studios’ official announcement in 2021, the company’s scope within the Last Airbender universe has expanded significantly. Originally expected to produce one film, the company is currently developing three along with a Last Airbender television series. One of the three films will reportedly center on fan-favorite villain-turned-hero Zuko, while another will supposedly follow Avatar Korra, who starred in her own sequel series The Legend of Korra from 2012-14. The new Last Airbender movies were previously expected to be released 2024, 2025 and 2026, but the first film’s 2025 release date may now mean the second and third will open in 2026 and 2027 instead.