Netflix announced on Friday, August 13, the official cast for the live-action series adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender.
The cast includes Gordon Cormier as Aang, Kiawentiio as Katara, Ian Ousley as Sokka, and Dallas Liu as Zuko.
In a press release, Netflix described Aang as a “fearless and fun-loving 12-year-old who just happens to be the Avatar, master of all four elements and the keeper of balance and peace in the world” while Katara was described as the “determined and hopeful waterbender, the last in her small village.”
Sokka is described as “outwardly confident, even brash, he takes his responsibility as the leader of his tribe seriously,” while Zuko is a “skilled firebender and the intense and guarded Crown Prince of the Fire Nation.”
Other details about the live-action series, such as start of production and release date, have yet to be revealed.
Netflix first announced the news of the live-adaptation in September 2018. Avatar: The Last Airbender original creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzo were first tapped as the showrunners and executive producers.
In August 2020, DiMartino and Konietzo revealed that they will no longer be part of the adaptation due to “creative differences.” “What I can be certain about is that whatever version ends up on-screen, it will not be what Bryan and I had envisioned or intended to make,” DiMartino wrote.
The series now has Albert Kim (Sleepy Hollow, Nikita) as its showrunner, executive producer, and writer. Dan Lin, Lindsey Liberatore, Michael Goi are executive producers while Goi, Roseanne Liang, and Jabbar Raisani are the directors.
In the same press release, Kim explained his vision for the upcoming live-action adaptation. “This was a chance to showcase Asian and Indigenous characters as living, breathing people. Not just in a cartoon, but in a world that truly exists, very similar to the one we live in,” he said.
“I also knew what I didn’t want to do. I didn’t want to change things for the sake of change. I didn’t want to modernize the story, or twist it to fit current trends. Aang is not going to be a gritty antihero. Katara is not going to get curtain bangs.”
“Don’t get me wrong. 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,” Kim added.
Avatar: The Last Airbender aired for 3 seasons on Nickelodeon, from February 2005 to July 2008, garnering TV recognition from the Annie Awards, Genesis Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Peabody Award.
The sequel series, Legend of Korra, ran from 2012 to 2014.
The captivating series follows main protagonist Aang and his friends as they lead epic, action-packed adventures in their quest to save the world from Fire Lord Ozai and the Fire Nation. – Rappler.com