Netflix kicked off production for the Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action adaptation with a cast photo.
In a photo released on Wednesday, November 17, fans are treated to a first look at the four lead cast members together. Gordon Cormier is playing Aang, Kiawantiio is Katara, Ian Ousley is Sokka, and Dallas Liu is Prince Zuko.
“Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. Then, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked. Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action series is officially in production,” they wrote.
Netflix also revealed that the filming will take place in a custom-built facility in Vancouver, and will be operated by Pixomondo Virtual Production. Calling it “one of the biggest virtual production volumes in North America,” Netflix added that the virtual effects for the series will be done in “real time in camera.”
Showrunner Albert Kim said that they’re “thrilled to start on this incredible project.”
In addition to announcing the start of production, Netflix also unveiled three more key cast additions to the live-action series.
Paul Sun Hyung-Lee (Kim’s Convenience, The Mandalorian) will play fan-favorite Uncle Iroh, the retired Fire Nation general who served as a wise and nurturing mentor to his hot-headed nephew, Prince Zuko.
Lim Kay Sui (Anna and The King) will portray the kind Air Nomad monk Gyatso, who also became a mentor and father figure to Aang.
And Ken Leung (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) is Commander Zhao, the scheming Fire Nation military officer who’s looking for chances to get ahead however he can.
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.”
The series now has Albert Kim (Sleepy Hollow, Nikita) as its showrunner, executive producer, and writer. Dan Lin, Lindsey Liberatore, and Michael Goi are executive producers while Goi, Roseanne Liang, and Jabbar Raisani are the directors.
Avatar: The Last Airbender aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon, from February 2005 to July 2008, garnering TV recognition from the Annie Awards, the Genesis Awards, the Primetime Emmys, and the Peabodys.
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