Avatar: The Last Airbender: When Avatar: The Last Airbender, one of the best animated shows of all time, premiered on Netflix in May 2020, fans began to wonder: What is up with that upcoming special series they are talking about? When Netflix revealed in 2018 that it is going to recreate the Gaang narrative with actual people, fans were ecstatic. M. Night Shyamalan created a notoriously terrifying live-action film version of the show’s first season in 2010, which included a remarkable moment in which a group of strong earthbenders drags a pebble across the screen. However, there are lots of ways for such a live-action creation of such a story to be described. Here’s all we know so far about Netflix’s live-action Avatar series.
What is the release date for the live-action Avatar series?
Netflix originally revealed its intentions in front of the public in 2018, and there is no launch date yet since it looks to be in the planning phases. Production was set to begin in 2019 but pushed out to 2020 due to the pandemic, which delayed the series’ production. However, the expectation is that the delays allow them to sharpen the performance!
Variety announced in November 2021 that the show is already in development, so fans can finally get excited. This one was a little more difficult to film and post-produce because of all of the special effects. So, if we’re to estimate, the program may debut in late 2022 at the earliest.
What characters will be featured?
We may anticipate seeing all of the big characters—Katara, Aang, Toph, Sokka, Iroh, Zuko, Firelord Ozai, Azula, and so on. Cabbage Man is hoping to make the cut.
Will it stick to the original plot?
Certainly, as far as we hear. The original Nickelodeon show was set in the imaginary realm of the Four Nations, each of which featured a home for “benders,” individuals who could use martial arts to psychokinetically manipulate one of the classical elements. Only the Avatar, a reborn human, mastered all four elements and maintained the world’s equilibrium. The Fire Nation attacked the other three tribes 100 years before the plot of the series, persecuting the Water Tribes and Air Nomads and initiating a decades-long war after the Avatar left. Katara and her brother Sokka, a waterbender, locate the lost Avatar, Aang, the last surviving Airbender, and assist him on his quest to learn the remainder of the elements and fight the Firelord in the first chapter.
The original series was divided into three 20-episode seasons, or “books.” This model might be used for the program, with three seasons following the events of the original, perhaps with lengthier episodes and avoiding the weak one-shots.
Who is among the cast of the film?
In August 2021, netflixlife.com revealed the cast information of the basic four characters:
- Aang will be played by Gordon Cormier.
- Katara will be played by Kiawentiio.
- Sokka will be played by Ian Ousley.
- Prince Zuko will be played by Dallas Liu.
This news is fantastic not just because it seems that the program will not overly age its primary characters but also because the casting is about as diverse as we could wish for. Another interesting news is that celebrity Daniel Dae Kim (cast of Lost, Hawaii Five-0) has been featured as the wicked and merciless Fire Lord Ozai, so it seems like we will have to cheer for the bad guys this season. Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (you may recognize him better for his role in Kim’s Convenience, The Mandalorian) will portray Prince Zuko’s, Uncle Iroh
Netflix has been on the hunt for individuals of color when it comes to casting. Shyamalan’s film was criticized since it was awful and because the bulk of the primary actors were white. The program takes place in a world influenced by New World, East Asian, and Inuit cultures, none of which has any white people. Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, co-creator of the original series, were quite specific about this in a statement dated 2018.
They are excited to bring Aang’s world to life as visually stunning as they have always envisaged it, with a culturally acceptable, non-whitewashed ensemble. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand on everyone’s fantastic work on the original animated movie by delving even further into the personalities, plot, adventure, and world-building.
On Instagram, Konietzko said that he was searching for a means to include Dante Basco in the upcoming series. He portrayed Zuko in the original show and is one of the most well-known voice actors in the game. Basco also repeated his role in Avatar: The Last Airbender’s sequel program, The Legend of Korra; however, he will not be reprising his role as Zuko in this adaptation.
Is there anybody else involved?
DiMartino and Konietzko, the creators of the original series, were set to executive produce the program, but both announced their departure from the project in June 2020, alleging creative disagreements with Netflix and vague backtracked commitments. We will likely never know what sent them over the edge, but it all sounds quite damning, particularly for a corporation like Netflix, which has usually maintained a classic look when it comes to its own films. Some speculated that it had something to do with the network’s initial pledge to hire exclusively non-white actors in the lead roles, prompting fans to call for a boycott of the show in August 2020.
Jeremy Zuckerman, the composer, will return to write the music. Jan Chol Lee, who collaborated on Disney’s Big Hero 6 and other projects, is the series’ concept designer. Dan Lin will serve executive producing.