Netflix’s Live-Action Avatar: The Last Airbender

Summary

  • Netflix’s live-action remake of Avatar: The Last Airbender has been in development for several years and is finally nearing completion, with a 2024 release window.
  • The cast includes notable actors such as Daniel Dae Kim, bringing excitement and anticipation for the series.
  • Despite the departure of the original creators, the showrunners are emphasizing authenticity and a dedication to staying true to the story, characters, and cultural influences.


Netflix has announced Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action news for its upcoming reboot. Production on the series has been in development for several years, so details about the series remained scarce until recently. However, Netflix revealed that the series is finally coming after being in the works for so long and has started releasing more information about the cast, release date, and storylines about the series. Ever since its release back in 2005, Avatar has been widely regarded as one of the greatest cartoons ever made, but previous attempts to bring Aangs story to live-action weren’t well received. Hopefully, the Netflix live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender is about to change that.

In September 2018, it was announced that Netflix would be making a live-action remake of the beloved anime, and the Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action news has been pouring in ever since. The announcement of another live-action remake was met with a deal of skepticism, especially given the previous attempt with the infamous The Last Airbender by M. Night Shyamalan. However, what’s been seen so far in the live-action Avatar costume design also shows a lot of promise. Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender has a lot to live up to with this in mind, but the length of the development process supports the idea that it may achieve what its previous film counterpart didn’t.


The Latest Avatar: The Last Airbender Live-Action News

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There are several pieces of exciting Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action news coming down the pipeline. The first sees a production update on the Netflix show, suggesting that the series is nearing completion. The official Twitter page for the show posted an update with a picture of an orchestra, explaining that the score is being completed for the series. The live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender is utilizing the Synchron Stage Orchestra and Choir to accompany its compelling story, with the music being written by Takeshi Furukawa. Furukawa has scored other major projects like Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Trek: Enterprise, and Mythic Quest.

More exciting Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action news sees casting rumors for MCU’s Shang-Chi actor Simu Liu. The Avatar News Twitter account teased his inclusion in the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series after posting a picture and referencing one of Liu’s former tweets that stated “And then the Fire nation attacked.” With his former Kim’s Convenience co-star Paul Sun-Hyung Lee playing Uncle Iroh in the series, many were hoping to see the pair reunite via Liu portraying Iroh’s son Lu Ten. Unfortunately, Avatar News quickly reported that this rumor had been debunked. Therefore, it’s unlikely Liu will appear in the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender show.

Avatar: The Last Airbender Live-Action Remake Release Date

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There is no Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action release date yet. However, Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action news saw a teaser released in June 2023 giving the Netflix Avatar series a 2024 release window. From what’s been shown so far it seems that the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender is still in production, but must be somewhat close to completion if Netflix is promising a premier next year.

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Avatar: The Last Airbender Live-Action Remake Cast

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Years after the project’s initial announcement, Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action cast has been steadily announced. Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action news reports that the main cast features Gordon Cormier (The Stand) as Aang, Kiawentiio Tarbel (Anne with An E) as Katara, Ian Ousley (13 Reasons Why) as Sokka, and Dallas Liu (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) as Zuko. Supporting cast members will include Daniel Dae Kim as Fire Lord Ozai. Kim released a photo of him prepping for The Last Airbender live-action series on Instagram in 2021.

The rest of the Avatar: The Last Air Bender live-action cast includes Maria Zhang as Suki, Paul Sun-Hyung as Uncle Iroh, Elizabeth Yu as Azula, Momona Tamada as Ty Lee, Thalia Tran as Mei, Lim Kay Siu as Monk Gyatso, Amber Midthunder as Princess Yue, Tamlyn Tomita as Yukari, Yvonne Chapman as Avatar Kyoshi, Casey Camp-Horinek as Gran Gran, Arden Cho as June, A Martinez as Master Pakku, Nathaniel Arcand as Chied Arnook, Meegwun Fairbrother as Avatar Kuruk, Utkarsh Ambudkar as King Bumi, Danny Pudi as The Mechanist, Lucian-River Chauhan as Teo, Ruy Iskandar as Lt. Jee, Hiro Kanagawa as Fire Lord Sozin, C.S. Lee as Avatar Roku, François Chau as The Great Sage, Ryan Mah as Lt. Dang,

Also appearing in the Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action cast is Rush Hour’s Ken Leung as Commander Zhao, John Wick’s Randall Duk Kim as Wong Shi Tong, and Star Wars‘ George Takei Koh as the Face Stealer. Most of the cast will be playing characters who featured in Book 1 of the original series, but others, such as Azula and Ozai, didn’t become prominent until later in the series, and Yukari is a completely original character, so it’s easy to conclude that Netflix will be putting their own spin on the story.

Avatar: The Last Airbender Live-Action Remake Story Details

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Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the original creators of the Avatar: The Last Airbender story, were originally attached as showrunners, but they left the project due to creative differences with the studio. The original creators of Avatar leaving the show was a major cause of concern for people, but one of the showrunners, Albert Kim, has stated (via Netflix) that their byword has been “authenticity. To the story. To the characters. To the cultural influences. Authenticity is what keeps us going, both in front of the camera and behind it,” so it’s likely that there will at least be an attempt to do a good job with the series.

In December 2022, one of the show’s directors, Michael Goi, wrote an article and detailed the first shot from the Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action series. The scene sounds like the moment when Sokka and Katara met a frozen Aang from the cartoon’s premiere episode. He said that they also used the same tech used on The Mandalorian. In that writeup, he said that he used a lot of The Volume technology “to keep an element of unreality to make the results more organic.” With that said the plot is the same as the animated series, with Aang’s journey to becoming a fully realized Avatar, while changes will likely come to the supporting stories.

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Avatar: The Last Airbender Live-Action Remake Trailer

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The only Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action trailer right now is a teaser released by Netflix in June 2023. Since the series is not due until 2024, there wasn’t any footage included in the trailer, so it is just a series of images with the title of the show and a coming-to-Netflix in 2024 logo at the end. A real trailer will likely come the month before the Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action series actually hits Netflix.