Netflix has announced the cast of its live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender. It has also revealed the new creative team behind the upcoming series after both Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko stepped away from the Netflix adaptation, citing creative differences. The new showrunner, executive producer, and writer will be Albert Kim (Sleepy Hollow, Nikita).
As for the cast, Gordon Cormier (The Stand) has been cast as Aang, “the silly and fun-loving Avatar who struggles with the reluctant hero syndrome. Over the course of the series, he must master all four elements if he is to take on the Fire Lord and restore balance to the world.”
Kiawentiio (Rutherford Falls) will play Katara, “the 14-year-old crush of Aang and a determined and hopeful waterbender. She is the last waterbender in the Southern Water Tribe after the Fire Nation attacked it years ago and killed her mother. She and her brother join Aang on his mission to learn all four elements.”
Ian Ousley (13 Reasons Why) has been cast as Sokka, “Katara’s 16-year-old brother and the comic relief of the group. As the eldest, he is the unofficial leader of the group, and while he can be overconfident and brash, he struggles with his insecurities about being a non-bender and his fear that he will be unable to protect his friends and family.”
Finally, Dallas Liu (PEN15) will play Zuko, “the 17-year-old firebender is the Prince of the Fire Nation, but he has been exiled by his father for showing disrespect and talking out of turn. Desperate to capture the Avatar and regain his honor, Zuko is the main antagonist of the first season.”
Filming on the first season of Avatar: The Last Airbender is expected to begin in November 2021 and last until May 2022 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
What do you think of the cast? Will you be watching even though the original creators and producers are no longer on board the series?